Compare And Contrast Lady Windermere's Fan And The Importance Of Being Ernest

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At first glance, Oscar Wilde’s works The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and The Importance of Being Earnest seem quite disparate. The first is horror, while the latter two are comedies; the first is a novel, while the latter two are plays; the list of the differences between the works could continue. The striking thing about these works however, is their unified theme. Wilde uses the symbolism in each work—images of self in The Picture of Dorian Gray, the fan in Lady Windermere’s Fan, and the use of names in The Importance of Being Earnest—to criticize Victorian society. In reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, one symbol which is quite apparent to the reader, and which Oscar Wilde uses to great effect, is that of the portrait.

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