Gender and Queer Theories application to “The Importance of Being Earnest”

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Gender and Queer Theories application to “The Importance of Being Earnest." Despite the efforts to define gender roles accurately in the society and putting an end to male chauvinism in the society, the society continues to promote patriarchy knowingly and unknowingly. Times are changing, and it is high time that people wake up to the realization that women are capable of performing beyond the duties of home management. Various actions also show that men are also vulnerable to faults and irresponsible behaviors. The Importance of Being Earnest is a question on the perception of gender in the society. The role of gender in every community is attached to power and authority. In the play, men are more influential than women are. Unlike women in the play, most men decide on political matters in the household. Women in the Victorian community presented in the play the role of household caretakers. They take care of children and spend the most time doing house chores. The author of “The Importance of Being Earnest” presents a society where the value of men is pegged on their judgment and intellectual capacity. In same society, men rate the value of women for beauty and chastity. The principal concern in the study of gender and the queer theories lies in the perception of gender and sexuality (Anderson 212-214). Queer theories examine the issues related to power, and campaign for women to be freed from patriarchy. According to Wilde’s play (N.P), Miss Prism represents the women who are awakened in the society. Miss Prism serves Cecily, the governess. Furthermore, she writes novels, which is an indication that she speaks her minds freely to people in the society. It is

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