Society thinks of truth as an unimportant matter
In Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ there are various points Wilde, as a respected playwright though not whilst he lived, whishes usto learn about English high society in Victorian Times, such as people’s view on marriage, love, truth and education. To understand the author’s point of view and his criticism towards love andmarriage at the time one must first consider how truth is used and not indeed respected. The play shows that society thinks of truth as an unimportant matter. Truth is used as a lie; used to manipulate,runaway from trouble, debts, duties, and make up lies about whom one really is. In other words, truth is not but one big lie which has carried on throughout the ages.
Telling the truth is something onemust always avoid in every possible way.Throughout the course of the play, various lies are discovered making the story have sudden turns now and then. One of the most important lies that the storyprovides and helps prove Wilde’s point of view on society’s vision of truth is the indeed the main lie, one where the main character, John Worthing, lies about who he is. What impresses is certainly theattitude Mr. Worthing has towards the subject and telling the truth about his real self, this can be read in Act 3, when he is forced to tell the truth to Gwedolyn; “It is very painful for me to beforced to speak the truth. It is the first time in my life that I have ever been forced to such a painful position, and I am really quite inexperienced in doing anything of the kind.” This quote showsat least John Worthing’s point of view on truth as he says that he has never been forced to do such a horrid thing.
In the play truth is used as a way of lying and deceiving others, as saidpreviously it is used to dodge one’s duties as part of society. Algernon Moncrieff, another of the play’s characters, uses lies and also changes his identity, at first to avoid important dinners and then to...
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