The Nature of Marriage in The Importance of Being Earnest

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The play The Importance of Being Earnest reflects the consideration of marriage from the point of view of young lads, young lasses and others from the category of their parents in the Victorian age. Algernon and Jack happen to be the young lads, Gwendolen and Cecily play the role of young lasses while Lady Bracknell assumes the position of Gwendolen’s mother. The three categories pointed out here fundamentally belong to two generations, with Algernon, Jack, Gwendolen, and Cecily belonging to the young generation and Lady Bracknell belonging to the old generation. The two generations visualize marriage quite differently depending upon their social responsibilities and assumed roles as prevalent in the Victorian age. The opinions opposite genders belonging to different generations in the Victorian age held were a reflection of their The commitment to marriage that was influenced by the role each one of them played in the social structure of the Victorian society. Marriage, in the Victorian age, was particularly visualized as a bond between two individuals from opposite genders in which each fulfilled the desires and took care of the needs of the other. Through marriage, both individuals not only achieved their physical and mental satisfaction in a lawful way but also mutually completed each other by covering up each other’s weaknesses and promoting the strengths. Marriage was considered a big commitment. Social responsibilities of individuals were decided by their position in the marital bond. Men were looked at as the bread earners for the whole family. However, rich women could be a good source of help for the husband in running the finances associated with their living.