Gender Roles and Female Power in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"


Essay, 2019

8 Pages, Grade: 1,7

Anonymous


Abstract or Introduction

Oscar Wilde's plays are characterized by satirical wit that exposes and derides the norms, values and believes of Victorian society. Although it could be argued that his comedies were mainly designed to amuse the aristocratic audience, his characters challenge the dominate gender roles in a revolutionary way. In her article "Gender roles in the 19th century," Kathryn Hughes explains, that "during the Victorian period men and women's roles became more sharply defined than at any time in history." It can be said that the clear division of two gender roles is created by a social system and the prevailing cultural beliefs of a society.

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Title
Gender Roles and Female Power in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"
College
University of Amsterdam
Grade
1,7
Year
2019
Pages
8
Catalog Number
V534878
ISBN (eBook)
9783346132192
ISBN (Book)
9783346132208
Language
English
Keywords
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, Gender roles, Female characters, 19th century
Quote paper
Anonymous, 2019, Gender Roles and Female Power in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest", Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/534878

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