The First Act ends with a letter being received from Mrs. A man of no importance. However, the audience soon realise that she has a secret past with Lord Illingworth who is the father of her son, Gerald.
Allonby leave to look at the moon. Arbuthnot retains a strong bitterness toward Illingworth, yet also begs him to leave her son alone, expressing that after twenty years of being a mother, Gerald is all she has.
Gerald claims that the marriage is her duty, while Mrs. Soon the other guests enter, and Lord Illingworth entertains them with his invigorating views on a variety of subjects, such A woman of no importance and comedy and tragedy, savages, and world society.
Lord Illingworth attempts to hit back, asserting that she had meant nothing to him, after which Mrs.
Lord Illingworth claims that while it would mean giving up his dream as a foreign ambassador, he is willing to marry Mrs. Arbuthnot, now alone, calling for Gerald and Hester. Lord Illingworth pushes his advantage home, demanding that she explain to both of them, any possible reason she might have to protest against this golden opportunity for her son.
Allonby, claiming that he has never met a woman so puritanical as Hester that she would steadfastly resist all and any advances.
Indeed, Hester has very strong opinions about the double standards employed towards the men who unthinkingly impregnate women, and can then deny all knowledge, and the women who are then scorned and condemned by society.
Allonby asserts that Hester is sincere in her desire to be left alone, but Illingworth interprets her remarks as a playful challenge. Illingworth demands any other reason for Mrs. We become aware very quickly, that not only is she wealthy and a member of the aristocracy, but that she holds everyone else in disdain, and enjoys holding court and displaying her power to her own advantage.
Arbuthnot, to say that she will arrive at the party after dinner. Gerald attempts to follow, but his mother protests and ask him to take her home. She also tells Gerald and his mother that she wants to use her wealth to look after them both. The reasoning behind this, was the idea that this law would teach women to be more moral.
The play is changing in tone, and we are aware that it is becoming far more serious. Secrets would also affect the characters of The Importance of Being Earnest. Gerald evidently trusts his future employer, and seeks his advice about his mother.
She also assures Lord Illingworth that it was Hester who made Gerald despise him. Gerald remains unmoved, however, so Mrs. Arbuthnot calls for Gerald and Hester and asks her future daughter-in-law to accept her as a mother. One of the people Lady Caroline denigrates is a young clerk, called Gerald Arbuthnot, but young Hester Worsley objects, defending him.
We are on familiar territory: If mothers of such children were unable to support themselves and their offspring, they would have to enter the workhouse. However at the start of A Woman of No Importance, this is not yet apparent.A Woman of No Importance is a play by Oscar Wilde that reveals troubling attitudes towards the roles and expectations of women in the Victorian Era.
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