19 April 2013
The Importance of Being Earnest
Undertaking countless adventures, Shawn and Gus have built an unbreakable bond, symbolizing true friendship and the priceless benefits of companionship. The television show Psych, is the epitome of bonds built through time, as the main characters strive to save Santa Barbara, California from mayhem by causing havoc of their own. In the same way, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, introduces relationships through a satirical plot filled with humorous inversions. Wilde’s approaches to chastening his one-dimensional society for their shallow relations may seem unusual, but have implications applicable to today’s society.
Meeting new people is always exciting, but being separated from those new friends can be absolutely agonizing. As time moves on, those new friends become old ones, their company grows weary, and they become just another component in life’s dull cycle. New people are means to a break from the loathsome cycle, adding a challenge to familiarize with them. When separated from these new friends, it is painful because life returns to its previous monotonous state, but the captivation to reencounter remains. In the play Cecily says to Algernon as his leave is being arranged, “it is always painful to part from people whom one has known for a very brief space of time…even a momentary separation from anyone whom one has just introduced is almost unbearable” (Wilde 31). She had only met Algernon, and had only preconceived ideas as to his qualities, so she was disheartened when their separation was arranged. Wilde uses inversion to reveal the pseudo relations in society portrayed through Cecily and Gwendolyn. When the girls meet, after resolving their altercation, become the best of friends and throughout the play, spend countless hours together, mostly spent criticizing their dishonest men. He uses Gwen and Cecily to poke fun at Victorian...