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Bulletin of the MRSU / Section "Philological sciences" / 2014 № 3.


O.M. Valova

IMPLEMENTATION OF OSCAR WILDE’S PHILOSOPHY OF UNREAL IN HIS COMEDY THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST». In: Bulletin of the Moscow Region State University (electronic journal), 2014, no. 3.

UDC Index: 821.111.“19”

Date of publication: 15.08.2014

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The article analyzes still popular and frequently staged Oscar Wilde’s comedy «The Importance of Being Earnest» in the light of his philosophy of unreal. The play is looked at as a kind of a response to the popular «well-made play» and problematic dramas of the late XIX century, where deep philosophical content is combined with the brilliant wit of the English author. Numerous accidents and reckless behavior of light-headed people conceal the idea of the power of irrational. The play also reveals the motives related to the sexual orientation of the writer.

Key words

new drama, farce, philosophy of unreal, aesthetic views, accident

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