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Oscar Wilde

The other answer to this question does a great job of describing the foundations of manipulation as a theme in Dorian Gray, illustrating how Lord Henry manipulates Dorian, who in turn manipulates...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2018 3:12 pm UTC

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The symbolism of color is the same across the board in the Western culture, so you may see that, whether it is applied to a fan or to a ribbon, dress, or curtain, the color is what is sending out...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2010 4:45 am UTC

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The top four society comedies in Oscar Wilde's dossier are The Importance of Being Earnest, A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere's Fan, and An Ideal Husband. Each of these comedies explore...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2012 1:30 am UTC

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Three adjectives to describe "The Young Prince" by Oscar Wilde are: 1. Repentant (because he now sees how the town lived in the times when he was alive and loaded with everything while his subjects...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2010 3:10 am UTC

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It can be said that Oscar Wilde used his short story "The Nightingale and the Rose" to satirize romantic views held by Victorian society, views that were carried over from the Romantic era. The...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2015 1:32 am UTC

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To answer this question fairly, you may want to check out the books Oscar Wilde by Richard Ellman, Oscar Wilde: his Life and Confessions by Frank Harris, and/or Oscar Wilde by Robert Sherard....

Latest answer posted August 11, 2013 1:04 pm UTC

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The Christian undertones in this story are evident from the beginning: the Giant is described as selfish, and given that the story is geared towards children, the narrative makes it quite evident...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 12:06 pm UTC

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Oscar Wilde

There is no doubt that Oscar Wilde's fame is justified. One might quibble about the type of fame he has generally enjoyed. Wilde is said (by André Gide, among others) to have boasted that he put...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020 11:04 am UTC

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One of the earliest sources used to study social ideology among Irish authors is John Sloan. In his article "Oscar Wilde's Critical Ideology", Sloane proposes that, politically speaking, Wilde was...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2012 6:35 pm UTC

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As in any era, the literature of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods reflected social concerns of the time. A general consciousness of the change in the century—the "fin de siecle"—lent the...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018 12:27 pm UTC

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As a radical Wildean I can see that he must have said these words back in the aesthetic period of his career where he followed the L'Art Pour L'art movement which (if Im not mistaken) was a Pater...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2009 4:51 pm UTC

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The main topics about which Oscar Wilde wrote involved the conservative Victorian social mores of the period in which he lived. His most widely-acclaimed work is the play "The Importance of Being...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2013 2:25 am UTC

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During the first of three trials for which Oscar Wilde was prosecuted for Gross Indecency on April 3rd, 1895, Wilde refers to Pater as "The only critic of the century whose opinion I set high" At...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2012 10:49 pm UTC

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Wilde thinks of "individualism" in a way quite different from that of extreme capitalists such as Ayn Rand or social Darwinists such as Herbert Spencer. He is mainly concerned with the flourishing...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2015 4:36 am UTC

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Making a connection between James Joyce and Oscar Wilde would be fascinating and compelling. Both are provocative Irish authors. James Joyce's Ulysses was banned in Ireland, England, Canada, and...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020 5:14 pm UTC

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This is an excellent question indeed. I agree with the first responder. Partly Wilde, by advocating art for art's sake, was reacting against an earlier, more didactic approach to literature....

Latest answer posted December 27, 2011 12:51 pm UTC

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Wilde shows Hugh to be a hypocrite who takes advantage of little Hans while pretending to be his friend. We first see Hugh as unlikable in how generously he helps himself to flowers and fruits from...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2021 3:56 pm UTC

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The young king was only 16 years old when hunters found him in the forest. He had been born to the Princess and given to a poor woman in the woods to raise him. “When the young king is plucked...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2008 10:48 am UTC

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I share your inability to find metaphors in this excellent short story. My suggestion, however, is that if you are focussing on figurative language in your work, consider the use of similes in this...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2011 9:32 pm UTC

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This is a great question because there is, indeed, a difference in the treatment, the descriptions, and the roles of women from one work to the other. In Dorian Gray the roles of women are of...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2012 4:47 am UTC

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Among many themes that are interconnected in "The Nightingale and the Rose", love is the universal topic. This main theme is explored through other -themes such as self-sacrifice and altruism. The...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2015 9:04 pm UTC

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Aestheticism and the presentation of beauty is a massively important theme in many of Wilde's works, and one text in particular that could be used in responding to this question would be The...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2013 9:33 am UTC

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Oscar Wilde often seems frivolous to the extreme, and readers who identify him as such would not be entirely wrong. However, this frivolity and apparent carelessness actually point to more serious...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2016 8:38 pm UTC

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Why would us knowing the name of the city make it more intense and exciting to read this excellent short story? Surely the point of the story has nothing to do with the location of the city, but it...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 7:09 pm UTC

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Lady Windermere’s Fan is the first and arguably the least assured of Wilde’s social comedies. Despite the epigrammatic brilliance of Lord Darlington and Cecil Graham, the plot is one of...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019 12:18 am UTC

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When talking about whether a particular figure is "modern," there is some confusion between "modernity," as a historical period (though one of disputed duration) and "modernism" as an artistic and...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2020 6:48 am UTC

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I would suggest that the Victorian period was one of great social and economic change. The Industrial Revolution, for example, changed the structure of society. As the world became "smaller"...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2012 8:21 pm UTC

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There are several ways in which the new aesthetic ideas of the French symbolist and Decadent movements influenced the work of Oscar Wilde. Perhaps the most important influence, due both to his...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2012 7:30 pm UTC

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Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance follows the tradition of Wilde's comedies of manners. This is a specific theatrical genre that aim to critique and even satirize the common dynamics of...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012 4:28 am UTC

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The poem "The Doer of Good" by Oscar Wilde appears to take place in the Holy Lands during the time of Christ. The two allusions of the two men in the story refer to a leper and a blind man, both of...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2010 7:10 am UTC

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Oscar Wilde, not unlike Charles Dickens, lampoons a frivolous aristocracy in his The Importance of Being Ernest. In Act I, for instance, Lady Bracknell questions Jack not on what he has said, but...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2012 3:03 am UTC

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Oscar Wilde's "The Nightingale and the Rose" is a short story that illustrates the philosophy of true love in the form of the nightingale. The nightingale is the symbol of all the things that...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2011 7:05 am UTC

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Wilde and Hemingway might easily be seen as polar opposites, particularly if one were to compare, for instance, the descriptive, mellifluous prose of The Picture of Dorian Gray or "The Young King"...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2020 7:46 am UTC

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The play communicates, ultimately, the idea that marriage is a necessary element of a functioning society, even if it is uncomfortable or ridiculous. The fact that all of the major characters, even...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2018 12:50 am UTC

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“The Nightingale and the Rose” by Oscar Wilde is a story about a young man who has fallen madly in love with a girl. This is the first difference between these two stories: in Wilde’s story, the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020 9:24 am UTC

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There is no absolute singular model of femininity offered by Oscar Wilde, but rather many different female characters, some of whom are categorizable into character types. This is especially the...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2012 1:16 am UTC

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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854–November 30, 1900) was a playwright, fiction writer, poet, and essayist known especially for his wit. More importantly, perhaps, he was gay in...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 12:36 am UTC

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I think that analysis of the themes of these plays might be a very good start in terms of assessing their socially critical value. Even before this, it might be helpful to assert that Wilde,...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2011 6:13 am UTC

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