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pon your wonderful and incomparable beauty, I have dared to love you wildly, passionately, devotedly, hopelessly” (73). Yet Algernon quickly abandons the truth imbedded in love, his moral objective, and instead opts for convention. “I don’t care for anybody in the whole world but you. I love you, Cecily. You will marry me, won’t you?” (74). The irony displayed through Algernon’s self-contradiction is the pivotal progression that eventually results in Wilde’s intended resolution of the play Algernon reveals he “simply wanted to be engaged to Cecily” (88) to Jack, who quickly dismisses him. “There is certainly no chance of your marrying Miss Cardew” (88). It is this obstacle, and its respective denouement, which outlines the basis of Wilde’s thematic emphasis. Prospective marriage, by means of engagement, serves not only as an obstacle but also a resolution. In Algernon’s view, “Cecily is the sweetest, dearest, prettiest girl in the whole world. And [he doesn’t] care twopence about social possibilities” (98). In actuality, however, it is the promise of social possibilities that motivate him to an end. For, it is his eventual conformity to societal norms that destroys the moral truth he once held dear. By the time Wilde establishes definite engagement for the couple, Algernon and Cicely embrace, and the play ends. As Algernon said in Act 1, “The excitement is all over” (30). This anti-passionate climax epitomizes Wilde’s sardonic wit, humoring a societal institution. Algernon achieves what he believes he wants, but loses his motivation in the process. Marriage, at one point, “seem[ed] to be very problematic to” Algernon. His only hope is to abandon the social expectation of him as a husband and return to his life of “Bunburying” (36). “It is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth” (108). Though Algernon, by the play’s close, does not realize this, it is the inevitable that he will eventually...
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