The importance of being earnest

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The importance of being earnest

  1. 2. The Importance of Being EARNEST A trivial comedy for serious people
  2. 3. OSCAR WILDE (1854 Dublin - 1900 Paris) <ul><li>NAME : Oscar Fingal O’Flaherty Wills Wilde </li></ul><ul><li>BEST PLAYS </li></ul><ul><li>The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) </li></ul><ul><li>Lady Windermere’s Fan (1890) </li></ul><ul><li>A Woman of No Importance (1990) </li></ul><ul><li>Salomè (1990) </li></ul><ul><li>An Ideal Husband (1894-95) </li></ul><ul><li>The Importance of Being Earnest </li></ul><ul><li>(1894-1895) </li></ul>
  3. 4. A DELIGHTFUL REVIVAL OF THEATRICAL SATIRE… (H.G.WELLS) ...OR... A MECHANICAL AND FRIVOLOUS PLAY? (G.B.SHAW)
  4. 5. “ NEVER SPEAK DISRESPECTFULLY OF SOCIETY,ALGERNON. ONLY PEOPLE WHO CAN’T GET INTO IT DO THAT” THE TARGET THE TARGET
  5. 6. THE CAST <ul><li>JOHN WORTHING, JP </li></ul><ul><li>ALGERNON MONCRIEFF </li></ul><ul><li>REVEREND CANON CHASUBLE,DD </li></ul><ul><li>HON. GWENDOLEN FAIRFAX </li></ul><ul><li>CECILY CARDEW </li></ul><ul><li>MISS PRISM, a governess </li></ul><ul><li>LADY BRACKNELL </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>“ YOU ANSWER TO THE NAME OF ERNEST. YOU ARE THE MOST EARNEST-LOOKING PERSON I EVER SAW IN MY LIFE “ </li></ul>LANGUAGE & STYLE TRANSLATION’S PROBLEMS …PUNS OF WORDS...
  7. 8. ...NEOLOGISMS... “ I HAVE BUNBURYED ALL OVER SHROPSHIRE ON TWO OCCASIONS”. “ YOU’RE ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED BUNBURYIST THAT I KNOW”. “ I HAVE INVENTED AN INVALUABLE PERMANENT INVALID CALLED BUNBURY ” A MISANTHROPE I CAN UNDERSTAND - A WOMANTHROPE ,NEVER!”
  8. 9. ...PARADOXES... “ NOW PRODUCE YOUR EXPLANATION,AND PRAY MAKE IT IMPROBABLE “ “ DIVORCES ARE MADE IN HEAVEN” “ THE OLD FASHIONED RESPECT FOR THE YOUNG IS FAST DYING OUT “
  9. 10. ...A BOTH FARCICAL AND REALISTIC STYLE... “ I THINK IT IS HIGH TIME THAT MR BUNBURY MADE UP HIS MIND WHETER HE WAS GOING TO LIVE OR DIE. THIS SHILLY- SHALLYING WITH THE QUESTION IS ABSURD .” “ TO BE BORN ,OR AT ANY RATE BRED, IN AN HAND-BAG,WHETER IT HAD HANDLES OR NOT, SEEMS TO ME TO DISPLAY A CONTEMPT FOR THE ORDINARY DECENCIES OF FAMILY LIFE”
  10. 11. ...CHARACTERS'WORDS'INTERPRETATIONS... ALGERNON: YOU’RE MY LITTLE COUSIN CECILY, I’M SURE CECILY : : YOU ARE UNDER SOME STRANGE MISTAKES ,I’M NOT LITTLE . IN FACT, I BELIEVE I AM MORE THAN USUALLY TALL FOR MY AGE. “ THE MANUSCRIPT UNFORTUNATELY WAS ABANDONED.(Cecily starts). I USE THE WORD IN THE SENSE OF LOST OR MISLAID ”
  11. 12. ...METAPHORS... CHASUBLE: “ WERE I FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE MISS PRISM’S PUPIL.I WOULD HANG UPON HER LIPS. (Miss Prism glares).I SPOKE METHAPHORICALLY.- MY METAPHORE WAS DRAWN FROM BEES. BUT I MUST NOT DISTURB EGERIA AND HER PUPIL ANY LONGER. I SHALL SEE YOU BOTH NO DOUBT AT EVENSONG ?” MISS PRISM : “RIPENESS CAN BE TRUSTED. YOUNG WOMEN ARE GREEN.(Dr Chasuble starts). I SPOKE HORTYCULTURALLY. MY METAPHOR WAS DRAWN FROM FRUIT”.
  12. 13. ...TRIVIALITIES... “ THREE ADDRESSES ALWAYS INSPIRE CONFIDENCE, EVEN IN TRADESMAN.” “ KINDLY TURN AROUND, SWEET CHILD…THERE ARE DISTINCT SOCIAL POSSIBILITIES IN YOUR PROFILE.THE TWO WEAK POINTS IN OUR AGE ITS WANT OF PRINCIPLE AND ITS WANT OF PROFILE” “ I NEVER CHANGE ,EXCEPT IN MY AFFECTIONS ”
  13. 14. CURTAIN

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