Oscar Wilde

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Adam Wright                                                                                      18th November 2002

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde himself would probably admit that his life had many incredible events that themselves would make an exceedingly gripping play, his unequalled rise to become the chief celebratory of his day and his dramatic fall from grace due to his arch rival, lord Queensbury.

Oscar Wilde was born among the highest social circles of Dublin Ireland to two very unique and individual parents. His father was widely regarded as the best eye and ear surgeon in the whole of Great Britain and is still today looked upon as the founder of that specific medical branch. His mother, a self-proclaimed genius, was a committed feminist and a key member and open supporter of The Irish independence movement. This unusual couple formed a cornerstone of Irish society who mixed with royalty somewhat. Straight away from even my limited reading we can tell that Wilde wrote within parameters that he felt comfortable and knowledgeable within.  

Wilde was placed within the most stimulating enviroment from the earliest age. His mother held weekly gatherings of some of Dublin's finest artists and intellectuals within her house. Wilde was critically lucky enough to be thrust into this environment by his keen parents who would make sure that he was present for such occasions. At such a young age he had the confidence, intelligence and wit to keep the family's guests amused with short stories and conversation. The confidence that stood him in good light for so much of his life would eventually manifest itself as cockiness and would become his undoing, but there was no sign of this yet.

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Oscar was overprotected throughout his childhood by his mother who was a constant worrier. Although, as Wilde recalled, poverty surrounded him on a grand scale his mother was careful to ensure he had no contact with it whatsoever. From an early age Oscar could relate to and often felt compassion for societies forgotten. It is somewhat ironic that Wilde himself, like a character in a play, would fall from grace many points during his lifetime and live amongst society's forgotten souls.

Wilde's parents had a healthy interest in superstition and the supernatural. This rubbed off on Wilde ...

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