How Far Do You Agree with the View That Lady Bracknell Does Create Comedy in ‘the Importance of Being Earnest’? 

Topics: Victorian era, Comedy, Humour Pages: 4 (1400 words) Published: April 15, 2013
How Far Do You Agree With The View That Lady Bracknell Does Create Comedy in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’?  When deciding if a character creates comedy or not it is important to weigh up the pros and cons of their main attributes. For me, overall Lady Bracknell does create comedy so I agree with the view but as with anything else it is arguable. It is clear the her triviality, character inversion and Wilde’s use of stock character create comedy although it can be argued that she is nonsensical, used as a tool and only serves purpose as a parallel.   When dealing with Lady Bracknell it is important to realise that her intellectually farcical dialogue makes her character the quintessence of the book’s title; she creates ‘trivial comedy’ yet is one of the ‘serious people’. From this simple observation we can infer that Wilde wants us to watch Lady Bracknell as she represent the book as a while in character form. An example of her character’s nature is when she makes a remark about the ‘unfashionable’ side of the street upon which Mr Worthing lives. She then says that they can change ‘both’ the fashion and the side. Upon the surface Lady Bracknell takes something as trivial as which side of the street he lives on and talks about it in such a serious tone that it creates humour. This also displays her use of witty dialogue as her quick yet humours reply helps Wilde to create a base for much of the fast paced intellectually comedy in the rest of the play. Therefore this analysis shows that she does create comedy via her use of tone and amusing dialogue. However, on a deeper level, the nonsensical dialogue takes away from the character’s realism. Then she is creating comedy exempt from the context of the play as people laugh at her unrealistic nature suggesting that she doesn’t create comedy within the play. A similar comment about Bunbury making up his mind ‘whether he will live or die’ can be analysed in the same way but it also provides yet another layer. It...
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