This play was written in 1895 and belongs to the one of Wilde's most famous and successful plays. Generally, the entire plot is taking place in Victorian London ( 1837-1901), and as it is typical and classical for Wilde's work - it is entirely composed of a wide variety of gentle parody, sarcasm and sharp irony of all sorts. Nevertheless, this time Wilde ridicules the social conventions, in particular.
On the whole, Wilde may be characterized as a complete anarchist, who steps up and emphasizes all of the silly and ridiculous aspects of his time society and human traits with no exception. Moreover, all for which Wilde criticized people has not changed much or in a better case improved since that time. Unfortunately, it seems that we are doomed to endlessly repeat mistakes and wrongdoings of our ancestors.
Here, few of Wilde's quotes from this particular play. Just so you have some idea what I mean.
· "Oh! it is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read"
· "The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!"
· "I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square."