The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

Love and Marriage

What attitudes toward marriage do Algernon and Lady Bracknell represent?

-Algernon: The Bachelor

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~ Completely against marriage

~ Enjoys bachelor lifestyle

~Mistrusts marriage

~Looks upon marriage as a game

~ Represents the attitude that pursuit of pleasure is more important than marriage itself

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-Lady Bracknell: Dowager

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~ Process of careful selection by parents

~ Love and children's opinion not factors

~ Used to better family

~ Social status, lineage, and wealth base means of business propositions to unite and           benefit power

~Represents the attitude that marriage is not for pleasure but for business means

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In what ways are the play's values about love and marriage similar to or different from today's values?

- Similar

~ Algernon's attitude

~ Many men today have the same idea upon marriage

~ They would rather have quick relations with girls and have a solo fun life oppose to     "tying themselves down"

~They too mistrust marriage

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- Different

~ Lady Bracknell's attitude is not commonly shared

~ Parents want their children to make their own choices, be in love, and happy

~ They have their own opinions and today marriage is not simply for business purposes

~ Today the power of love is believed in

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2 years ago
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Got it! Thanks!