Posted by Constanza on June 18, 1998 at 18:04:10:
In response to Six of one, half dozen of the other, written by MB on June 17, 1998 at 13:59:34
] ] Is Wilde saying something about the importance of honesty and sincerity (ernestness...)? or is he just laughing at the total insincerity of Society?
In other words, he got away with the criticism (of Society and of himself as a member of it) because it was presented with such style and wit. I'm sure there were many Lady Bracknells and Algernons sitting in the audience, laughing heartily at the portrayals just as we do.
┐Would you consider the characters portrayed in TIOBE as "types"? I found that they lack individual strenght (ie, that is sometimes hard to tell the characteristics and traits of one from the other, specially Cecily and Gwendolen). Perhaps strenght is not the word, but autonomy. I thought that perhaps they were intended to represent several individuals in the then existing high society and therefore "individuality" was sacrificed to "representativeness". What say you?
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