Excerpt from The Importance of Being
really don’t see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about
a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence
of romance is uncertainty. If ever I get married, I’ll certainly try to forget the fact.
I have no doubt about that, dear Algy. The Divorce Court was specially invented for people whose memories are so curiously
Algernon. Oh! there is no use speculating on that subject. Divorces are made in
Heaven - [Jack puts out his hand to take a sandwich. Algernon at once interferes.] Please don’t
touch the cucumber sandwiches. They are ordered specially for Aunt Augusta. [Takes one and eats it.]"
Oscar Wilde's first major work, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the theme of the
loss of innocence and the desire for mortality appeared in 1981. During that point in his life, he believed that the evil
that was present deep inside of him could not be controlled. In addition, what prompted him to write the novel was the fact
that he did not want to explore the theme within the boundaries of the small fairytales that he had been producing before.
Now, he wanted to focus on a dark and sinister novel that would end tragically. The title of the book suggests that the central
character, Dorian is one who is grey, where his childlike innocence is gradually corrupted with the cares of society. Dorian
continues to obsess over his beauty, causing his spirit to be filled with vanity that will lead to evil. Towards the end of
the novel, Dorian can no longer bear the evil that has taken over him and accidentally kills himself. The theme conveys the
consequences of immortality as it demonstrates what happens to someone who can not control their evil impulses.
in The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde discusses the theme of marriage.
In the play, two sets of characters explore the emotional benefits to the human experience. Wilde ridicules the feminine ideal
of love and marriage. Simultaneously, he portrays the men as villains who denounce everything that involves marriage. In addition,
Wilde creates a paradox of a man who is called Earnest, whose personality is not really earnest. Oscar Wilde utilized the
play to mock Victorian Society and the way people take themselves too seriously by living with the morals and standards imposed
Wilde revisits the theme of the loss of innocence in the play as well. The adults act like babies who are playing grown ups
in real-life scenarios. He and the other characters, though physically look like adults are mentally still stuck in their
childhoods as they innocently imitate the behavior of adults. Thus, their attempts to marry can also be viewed as attempts
to duplicate the behavior of grown-ups. Earnest and Algernon's actions are indeed babyish until the game is interrupted by
real life and they face the consequences.