G Aestheticism is the belief in ‘art for art’s sake’. People like Wilde did not believe that art had to have a higher moral or political value.
WENDOLEN I adore you. But you haven't proposed to me yet. Nothing has been said at all about marriage. The subject has not even been touched on.
JACK Well . . . may I propose to you now?
GWENDOLEN I think it would be an admirable opportunity. And to spare you any possible disappointment, Mr. Worthing, I think it only fair to tell you quite frankly before-hand that I am fully determined to accept you.
GWENDOLEN Yes, Mr. Worthing, what have you got to say to me?
JACK You know what I have got to say to you.
GWENDOLEN Yes, but you don't say it.
JACK Gwendolen, will you marry me? [Goes on his knees.]
GWENDOLEN Of course I will, darling. How long you have been about it! I am afraid you have had very little experience in how to propose.
JACK My own one, I have never loved any one in the world but you.
Victorian Period – 1830-1901
Modernism – 1890’s – 1940’s
D.H Lawrence (1855-1930)
awrence was an author, poet, playwright, essayist and literary critic. Lawrence was often the victim of censorship and official prosecution when it came to his work. He is perhaps most famous for Lady Chatterley’s Lover which was banned when first published. Lawrence’s work often explores the effects of modernity on society confronting issues relating to emotional health and human sexuality.