Death Penalty

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In the late 1890’s, the upper class English society talked in a dignified, proper manner. Everything they said had either a positive or negative effect on their family members, associates, even themselves. Basically it was all a show people put on to remain in the non-scandalous side of society. In “The Importance of Being Earnest”, the playwright displays the characters in such a way that the stupidity of the upper class language and actions is portrayed through aspects of the play. The differentiation between the upper and lower classes of society was clearly demonstrated through “The Importance of Being Earnest”. In Victorian times the lower class people were out-casts, considered as nothing and often shunned by the upper class. We see an example of this when we are first introduced to Lane (the butler) and Algernon (the master of the house) when they are discussing family life. Algernon rambles on about his family while Lane listens with patience. As soon as Lane says one thing about his past Algernon won’t have a bar of it. “I don’t know that I am much interested in your family life Lane.” Here, Algernon acts as though his family is superior to Lanes, even though he knows nothing about Lane’s family. Th Continue...


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