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Please analyze the following quotation ? '' Well, one must be serious about something,...

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rozh | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM via web

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Please analyze the following quotation ?

'' Well, one must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life. I happen to be serious about Bunburying. What on earth you are serious about I havent got the remotest idea. About everything, I should fancy. You have such an absolutely trivial nature'' Act 2

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM (Answer #1)

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Throughout the entire play, Wilde uses satire to point out the triviality of Victorian life. He points out the superficiality of the time and the desire to keep up appearance found in the upper class specifically. Along with these, Wilde shows the upper class as being hypocritical and absurd. This quotation highlights Wilde's satirical approach. Algernon, speaking to Jack, talks about his habit of "Bunburying," creating a fictitious persona to allow one to travel between the country and city without question. Algernon believes that a person should be serious about one thing in order to enjoy other aspects of life. Ironically, the one thing the Algernon is serious about is a completely ridiculous practice. Futhermore, he accuses Jack of being serious about too many things in life, making Jack's nature "absurdly trivial." Wilde uses verbal irony to support his satire. 

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