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Look from A gentleman to see you M(TM)aam(TM) to the end of the play How is this an effective end to the play as a whole?

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Look from 'A gentleman to see you M'aam' to the end of the play How is this an effective end to the play as a whole? Wilde uses a variety of techniques and language to present the end of the play as a gripping and critical climax as well as one that ties together the themes running through the whole play. Wilde's presentation of the characters of Mrs Arbuthnot and Lord Illingworth in the final scene is one of the main factors that makes the closing scene of the play a gripping and climactic one. The audience is given the visual impression that Mrs Arbuthnot is a tender hearted Victorian mother however this impression begins to diminish throughout the final scenes as she quarrels with Lord Illingworth demanding Gerald for herself 'Lord Illingworth, no proposition of yours interests me' this desire for ownership severely affects the audiences opinion. Throughout the play there is a constant subtext concerning the actions of Mrs Arbuthnot, this is created by the fact that she took Gerald away from Lord Illingworth when Gerald was still ...read more.


'Are you serious?' The shock and surprise in Lord Illingworth is a defining moment in the play and one that makes the last scenes of the play so important. This is the moment when Wilde's initial presentation of these two characters is completely reversed and Mrs Arbuthnot becomes the dominant female. Wilde's presentation of Gerald is one of the most important factors in the play and in this scene in particular despite the fact that he doesn't appear until towards the end of the scene. When Gerald enters he kneels at the feet of his mother, showing that he is not the man he has strived to become and that he is still a young boy for whom his mother will continue to dictate his actions and this is the final impression that the audience is left with as the play ends. Throughout the play and final scene Wilde uses a number of effects in order to make the closing moments as dramatic as possible. ...read more.


They would interest me enormously' This is the final step in the switch of power between Lord Illingworth and Mrs Arbuthnot as she now has everything she wants and he is left with nothing. This is confirmed with the final line of the play when Mrs Arbuthnot refers to Lord Illingworth as 'A man of no importance' this is a fitting end to the play as it shows the dramatic journey that Mrs Arbuthnot and Gerald have been through. In the final image of the play the three characters withdraw into the garden presenting a final impression of sentimentally as well as the incestual undertone created by the religious meaning of stepping into the garden. Overall Wilde uses a number of techniques and a vast array of language throughout the entire play in order to make this final scene one full of drama and tension and one that creates the best possible ending to the play and he does this successfully with the stories of each character linking well to create and ending that makes sense in the mind of the audience. Alex Duncan ...read more.

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