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    The Absence Of Compassion in The Importance Of Being Earnest



    The Absence Of Compassion in The Importance Of Being Earnest

    Post by Saoussen on Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:05 pm

    Two areas in which the Victorians showed little sympathy or compassion were illness and death.When Lady Bracknell hears that "Bunbury" died after his doctors told him he could live,she feels he has in dying acted appropriately because he had the correct medical advice "illness of any kind is hahdly a thing to be encouraged in others.Health is the primary duty of life." Lady Bracknell, like other aristocrats is too busy worrying about her own life, the advantages of her daughter's marriage, and her nephew's erros in judgment to feel any compassion for other.Gwendolen,learning from her moyjer, is totally self-absorbed and definite about what she wants.She tells Cecily:"I never travel without my diary.One should have something sensational to read in the train."
    Wilde seems to be taking to task a social class that thinks only of itself, showing little compassion or sympathy for the trails of those less fortune.

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