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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

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nda Beckwith
AMU/APUS
ENGL200
Professor Green
25 Oct 2015
Satire in The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde can be termed as a complete satirical work because of the path it chooses on harshly, but at the same time humorously criticizing and ridiculing social issues, such as marriage, wealth and death. The author approaches these issues with absurd mockery evidently with the intention of tickling his audience while driving his point home. Regarded as one of the most humorous and witty plays of all time, Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Earnest has also been criticized for lacking meaning and being too farce. The author, however, does not seem perturbed or concerned with the criticisms hurled his way, but his is the agenda of correcting the social flaws noticed in his characters, such as the concern for trivial things as names over bigger and more important issues as serious relationships and true love, the love of money over morality and the carelessness of lying in order to “avoid unwelcome social obligation” (16).
This paper analyzes The Importance of Being Earnest with an aim of identifying and discussing the theme of satire as utilized by the author to deliver his message. The paper hypothesizes that the based on the sensitivity and seriousness of the message, the author could not find any better and more acceptable way to deliver his message other than through this humorous, but mocking way.
Set in the Victorian era
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