An Exploration of Differing Conceptions of Love and Friendship in An Ideal Husband

Love and friendship were major themes for Society Drama during the 1890s. An established ‘stock storyline’ of the period was that of domestic life affected by a predicament, concluding in the reassertion of common ideas: fidelity, duty, forgiveness, etc. Although An Ideal Husband adopts these motifs, it also parodies them through the exaggerated conceptions of … Read more

The Importance of Being Earnest

In The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, humor functions through the use of Characterization and the social satire of the Victorian period. Characterization is the method an author uses to reveal or describe characters and their various personalities. Satire is a literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or … Read more

The Three Faces of Oscar Wilde

In the book, The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, there is a character named Lord Henry Wotton. He is the story’s antagonist and whom critics often think most resembles Oscar Wilde. Wilde remarks “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks of me: Dorian what I would … Read more

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray, makes Basil’s life change drastically by having him paint a portrait of Dorian Gray and express too much of himself in it, which, in Wilde’s mind, is a troublesome obstacle to circumvent. Wilde believes that the artist should not portray any of himself in his work, … Read more