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Remind yourself of the conversation between Gerald and Mrs Arbuthnot between lines 104 and 265 of act IV What is the importance of this section in the context of the whole play?

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Remind yourself of the conversation between Gerald and Mrs Arbuthnot between lines 104 and 265 of act IV What is the importance of this section in the context of the whole play? The conversation between Gerald and Mrs Arbuthnot during the extract is one of the most important and dramatic events throughout the entire play. The audience finds out Gerald's desire for Lord Illingworth and Mrs Arbuthnot to marry so that his parents can be reunited once again in what he believes would be an ideal situation. Extra importance and drama surrounds this scene as Wilde considered it necessary to remove it in order to gain a license to perform the play. ...read more.

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Wilde uses short and concise sentences to show they way that Mrs Arbuthnot is in charge and does not take kindly to her sons plans 'He shall not come here. He shall not cross the threshold of my house.' The short sharp sentences that make up this assertive statement signal the way that Gerald is unable to manipulate his mother and create the relationship that he desires between his parents. She is the dominant parent and he is the obedient child despite his twenty years and this is presented strongly in the extract by wild and is seen throughout the entire play in a similar way. ...read more.

Conclusion

This over reaction by Mrs Arbuthnot is typical of the language that Wilde uses throughout the extract and to an extent the entire play to present the scene as one of high drama and one that is critical to the closing scenes of the play. Wilde's variety of dramatic techniques is shown throughout the extract as he uses rhetorical and dogmatic language to convey Mrs Arbuthnot's thoughts and actions to the audience 'I will not marry him' This language creates a sense of drama as there is a twinge of conflict between mother and son and is one which tests their bond much in a similar way as it does throughout the whole play; however the audience has learnt by now that Gerald will eventually bow to the wishes of his mother. ...read more.

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