Here's my response for "Importance..." It's basically the same as my other blog entry, but I thought it would make interesting reading.
Jack: Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?
(Wilde, “The Importance…”)
I believe this quote represents the whole tone and feel of the play. All the dialogue is a play on words and most of the time, I feel like the characters are talking in circles. I suppose this is the comic purpose; while the characters are so uppity and high class, they come across sounding like idiots. If they didn’t think so much of themselves, the effect just would not be the same.
The appearance (or lack thereof) of truth is also another aspect of comic relief. Sometimes all the lies swirling about gets irritating; I just wish everyone would tell the truth and get everything out in the open. I understand the play is set in a different time and it is just a play, but no one in real life acts like that. The action, “Bunburying”, and endless cycle are a little ridiculous. However, with all my complaints, I find this comedy sweet and endearing. I’ve seen the play acted out, so I’m able to visual the characters and their actions as I’m reading. Also, by seeing a performance, I am given the opportunity to think of various interpretations and changes I would make; I’ve seen it one way, but there is the ability for adaptation.