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AS and A Level: Other works
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For instance her sense of humour comes across in line 10 when she says in response that America is "the largest country in the world," that Hester "should find it very draughty." Therefore this also conveys the feeling and attitude of Lady Caroline to Hester. Not only this, but also her persistent nagging of her husband Sir John also comes across by the line "John, you should have your muffler. What is the use of my knitting mufflers for you if you won't wear them?"
- Word count: 1352
The use of repetition and the false starts "I could - I could" show us Gerald's passion, emphasising how important it is for him to obtain that social status in order to achieve both a career and a wife. Through Gerald, Wilde shows how obsessive the upper class Victorian society were about one's status. These conventional ideas of social status can be seen throughout the play, especially in Act 1, through Lady Caroline. Her snobbery and prejudicial behaviour towards people of other class reveals a very arrogant nature, and highlights that fact that, in Victorian society, to earn respect social status was needed.
- Word count: 1899
The main male characters are all of a high social class and they have quite a controversial idea on the importance of how you treat people and how you should love. When Sybil Vane dies, Lord Henry was almost excited about the idea of such a controversial scandal to have happened to one of his friends. He was looking at the whole scandal as a positive, exciting thing to have happened to Dorian. This shows that Henry does not value the idea of life and love.
- Word count: 1138
Harmony is restored at the end of the play; this being the cardinal rule of comedy. One of the biggest examples of this is the bond that is created at the end between Lady Windermere and Mrs Erlynne; Lady Windermere even telling her husband to ?never speak against Mrs Erlynne again.? However, harmony is only achieved through deception and an adherence to superficiality. Wilde seems to be suggesting that in order to live in a harmonious society we need to pretend that all is well and overlook factors which don?t suit our outlook in life.
- Word count: 1453
Influence in it's many forms is responsible for Dorian's corruption - to what extent do you agree with this view of the novel?
reality which is expressed through characters such as Sibyl and the painting itself. All these forms of influence lead to Dorian?s corruption, and later on, death. Some people say that Dorian does not respond to good influence, thus only absorbed bad influence from people such as Henry. However this point can be argued against as well, with the point that Dorian was already a ?stained trumpet? when he met Henry, and that Henry stirred ?impulses? that were already there. Moreover, Henry was absent during Dorian?s ?worst crimes? throughout chapters 9 to 14, portraying Dorian as corrupted without the influence of others around him.
- Word count: 1060