What do you think Oscar Wilde's views on the role of marriage in the English upper classes is in the book A Woman of no Importance?
In the book A Woman of no Importance Oscar Wilde hints in several places through the negative attitude of the characters his feelings about the role of marriage in English upper class.
The first opinion we get of Wilde view on marriage is when Miss Worsley and Lady Caroline are having a conversation where Lady Caroline explains to Miss Worsley that the English tradition does not allow unmarried young women should 'conceal their feelings till after they are married.' This suggests that Wilde is mocking the English upper class because even having a friendly comment of the opposite sex is thought of as immoral whereas, the opposite have every right to speak the way they feel about women married or unmarried. Oscar Wilde's view also comes across to us as readers when Lord Illingworth says a woman that is been married for too long is perceived as 'a public building' or an, this suggests that Oscar Wilde believes that a woman should not be kept a prisoner in her marriage.
Oscar Wilde is quite critical as to the role of marriage in the upper class. This can seen when Lady Caroline suggests bachelors should be 'married off in a week' if they are not married by the time they are expected to be. This suggests that Oscar Wilde believes the upper class treats marriage as a punishment for men or women that have not gotten married by the time they should be so, their punishment is they do not get a say in who they are married to. Oscar Wilde also criticises the upper class about the role of women in marriage. Mrs Allonby openly says women are nothing without men the upper class women depend on the men in the family so to them the male is the person they look up to throughout their marriage 'I think it is every woman's duty never to leave them alone for a single moment', however, working class women do not have time to depend on their...
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