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Summary of Acts

Characters

Themes

Past Questions

• Wilde once wrote “Civilized society feels instinctively that manners are of more importance than morals”. Explore the ways that Wilde presents this idea in ‘A Woman of No Importance’.

• it has been suggested that power and sexuality are the main themes of Wilde’s writing. Consider the ways that Wilde presents power and sexuality in ‘A Woman of No Importance’.

• Fallen women such as Mrs Arbuthnot are common characters in late nineteenth century drama. Explore Wilde’s purposes in his presentation of Mrs Arbuthnot.

• Remind yourself of the ending of Act II, from the stage direction “sound of violin heard from music room” at line 520: pages 57-64. What is the importance of this section in the context of the whole play? In your answer you should consider: - Wilde’s presentation of Lord Illingworth and Mrs Arbuthnot - The dramatic effects Wilde creates - The ways late nineteenth century social issues are presented in this section

• Remind yourself of the section of Act II which begins at line 215 and ends at line 331 (pages 42-47). What is the importance of this section in the context of the whole play? In your answer you should consider: - Hester’s description of late nineteenth century England - the responses of the other characters to Hester’s views - the dramatic effects created by the entrance of Mrs Arbuthnot

• Remind yourself of the section of Act 1 which begins at line 241 and ends at the stage direction at line 380. What is the importance of this section in the context of the whole play? In your answer you should consider: - The presentation of the characters - The dramatic effects Wilde creates - The ways late nineteenth century social issues are presented


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