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Compare and Contrast Play vs. Film: Importance of Being EarnestWhat are the...

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ahmet genc | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 3, 2009 at 9:04 AM via web

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Compare and Contrast Play vs. Film: Importance of Being Earnest

What are the differences between the play ''The Importance of Being Earnest'' and the film version in 2002 directed by Oliver Parker?


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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 6, 2009 at 9:15 AM (Answer #2)

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Personally, I really enjoyed Parker's take on the play.  The actual differences were in the interpretations behind the scenes.  Cecily is so hopelessly romantic that she is constantly in a dream state with the knight in shining armor.  Also, Jack and Gwendolyn get tattoos--this is quite amusing in our time period, but nothing like that would have occurred.  It helped create more irony in the end when Gwendolyn finds that he truly is Ernest. 

However, on a more cynical yet realistic note, the real focus of the play should have been on Lady Bracknell.  Instead, it was focused on both of the bachelors and their lives.  Wilde used Lady Bracknell to express his frustration with the Victorian era, and Lady Bracknell was the figure who represented all of absurdity of the time period.  She should have been the focus, and yet Parker had her play the controlling matriarch instead of a pompous and almost idiotic character.  The reason for Parker to create the movie in this light was most likely to keep up with the romantic comedies that take up so much of the movies that are presented to us every day.

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eddie1 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2009 at 9:37 AM (Answer #3)

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i agree w/ you on this one troutmiller.


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