Oscar Wilde - Chapter 1, Toil of Growing Up Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 1, Toil of Growing Up Summary

Oscar Wilde comes into this world on October 16, 1854. His mother is a tall woman who is an ardent supporter of Irish nationalism, which calls for the creation of an Irish nation separate from England. She changes her name from Jane Elgee to Speranza Francesca Wilde after marrying Oscar's father, William Robert Wilde. Oscar's mother loves to create a sensation with her flashy clothing, sharp wit, and extravagant ways. His father is an eye doctor who achieves very much in his field, and in effect creates the medical discipline. He shares his wife's interest for an independent Ireland.

Oscar's early childhood involves an incident in which he breaks his arm during play. Later on in school, he breaks his arm again. Whether this is the reason or not, Oscar cares little for sporting games and takes to calmer activities such...

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