The least serious characters, Algernon and Jack are rewarded in the end for their frivolous behavior throughout the play, implying that there is very little, if any, importance to being earnest, excepting that you give the appearan...
The ingenious play mocks the concepts of aristocracy and love in Edwardian society, and addresses the notion of treating all important matters of life with genuine and earnest triviality.
The least serious characters, Algernon and Jack are rewarded in the end for their frivolous behavior throughout the play, implying that there is very little, if any, importance to being earnest, excepting that you give the appearance of such, for example the name.
Not only does Wilde put the concept of “being earnest” into question throughout the play but he doubles the irony by adding such importance to the name itself.
The Importance of Being Earnest, a satirical and hypocritical masterpiece, conveys the role of treasured values such as aristocracy and love, and addresses the concept of treating all serious matters of life with genuine and sincere triviality.
Review paper of the play The importance of being Earnest. what is the objective and point of view of the play. what was the writers message? which charater did you like and why?
Class and Social Mobility: The Importance of Being Earnest is set in a period of English history where social class is important. What issues about class does Wilde raise in the play, and what do you think he is trying to say about those issues? Give specific examples from the play to support your response, and be sure explain those examples. The sources used must be reputable sources.
First published in 1930, yet acknowledged since the late 1800s, The Importance of Being Earnest helped to revive the theater tradition of Congreve and Sheridan.
An audio serialization of the upper-intermediate-level Macmillan Reader, The Importance of Being Earnest, is told in eight chapters. Each chapter is accompanied by a comprehensive lesson plan written by Daniel Barber, including teacher’s notes, with suggestions for extension activities, plus student worksheets and a full transcript and glossary.
Luckily for the proponents of the stiff propriety in the Victorian age, the blow of this conclusion is softened immensely by the comical nature of the play, and we are left with the lesson that there is really no importance in being earnest, but merely being named Ernest.
Progressivists drew support from the findings of psychologist EdwardL. Thorndike. Thorndike conducted a series of experiments beginning in1901 that cast doubt on the value of mental discipline and thepossibilityof transfer of training from one activity to another. These findingswereused to challenge the justification for teaching mathematics as a formof mental discipline and contributed to the view that any mathematicseducationshould be for purely utilitarian purposes.10 Thorndikestressedthe importance of creating many "bonds" through repeated practice andchampioneda stimulus-response method of learning. This led to the fragmentationofarithmetic and the avoidance of teaching closely related ideas tooclosein time, for fear of establishing incorrect bonds. According to onewriter,"For good or for ill, it was Thorndike who dealt the final blow to the'science of arithmetic.'"11
Much of the subtle and cleverly attributed criticism found in The Importance of Being Earnest is directed toward the excessively superficial upper class which Lady Bracknell, in particular, distinctly represents.
Like many satirical plays, The Importance of Being Earnest is deliberately preposterous in nature so as to better ridicule Edwardian social life and cherished ideals.
Thewas perhaps the most comprehensive everwrittenon the topic of school mathematics. It included an extensive survey ofsecondary school curricula, and it documented the training ofmathematicsteachers in other countries. It discussed issues related to thepsychologyof learning mathematics, and justified the study of mathematics intermsof its applications as well as its intrinsic value. It even proposedcurriculafor the schools. In contradiction to the Kilpatrick report, the underscored the importance of algebra to "every educatedperson."20The exerted some influence on public education. Forexample, some of the policies of the College Examination Board werebasedupon recommendations in the. However, over the nexttwo decades, the views expressed in the Kilpatrick report wieldedgreaterinfluence than the .21 The NCTM alsochangedover time. It grew and gradually it "attracted to its membership and toits leadership those in positions much more subject to the influenceandpressure of the professional reform movements."22