Throughout love often in the Importance of Being Earnest.

Throughout the story, Oscar Wilde’s characters satirize behavior quite often. Between love, wealth, and the upper class, almost all of his characters satirize these aspects. Even Lane, the servant of Algernon, happened to make an impolite comment to Algernon – “Did you hear what I was playing Lane?”, “I didn’t think it polite to listen sir.” (Wilde 27). The scene setting takes place in a morning room in Algernon’s flat in Half Moon Street. The room is luxurious and artistically furnished. This (is satire of behavior through irony…) could satirize behavior through irony because Lane, who is supposed to act as a respectful servant, makes a completely rude comment about Algernon’s playing of the piano. It also ironic because Lane takes this action in such a fancy setting. This example approaches in the beginning of the first act. It only grabs the reader’s attention in order to make the reader even more excited for more satire as the book will go on. Algernon Moncrieff is a character in the play who tends to satirize love and wealth often. At one point in the story, Algernon mocked Jack’s way of flirting- “My dear fellow, the way you flirt with Gwendolen is perfectly disgraceful. It is almost as bad as the way Gwendolen flirts with you” (Wilde 30). The theme of love and romance plays a big role  in the Importance of Being Earnest as they are the two main themes in the story. Algernon satirizes love and romance by mocking the way Jack loves Gwendolen and how Gwendolen loves Jack. Lady Bracknell, also the mother of Gwendolen fairfax who also acts as the embodiment of the upper-class Victorian respectability, presents satire of love often in the Importance of Being Earnest. She is powerful, arrogant, ruthless to the extreme, conservative, and very proper. In many ways, she represents Wilde’s opinion of Victorian upper-class through negativity, and acting snobby. At a point in the story, Lady Bracknell said to Jack, “To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune: to lose both looks like carelessness” (Wilde 47). In this quote, Lady Bracknell displays a very rude type of behavior. Poor Jack, who had happened to lose both of his parents is getting disrespected by the snobby Lady Bracknell. In reality, it would be regarded as a misfortune to lose both parents. Furthermore, as Algernon Moncrieff continued to display satire throughout the story, at one point, he displayed satire of love yet again. “The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to someone else, is she is plain.” (Wilde 51). Here, Wilde satirizes love and romance through Algernon’s way of how to behave to a woman. It is clear that this thought of Algernon would be considered rude to many woman, as he basically states to not make love to any women who is considered to be “plain”.