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  • Of Being Earnest In Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

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    Being “earnest” is impossible in Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest. Earnestness is more often equated with sincerity. Sincerity or earnestness is not only displayed in the title but it is the main theme of Wilde’s work and using satire, the playwright shows the hypocrisy of the morally upstanding, and the inability of the upper and middle class of Victorian England to be earnest. When one thinks of the Victorian English period, the word prudish might come to mind. According to

  • The Importance Of Being Earnest

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    The Importance doesn’t Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is a satire, comedy play of the Victorian Age. The Importance of Being Earnest follows two main characters, Earnest and Algernon, who live double lives. During his play Wilde makes fun of some of the standards and the way of life during that time. One of the common traits of the time was deception. Wilde’s play has a common occurrence of deception through the play’s plot line, trivial lies, and a character’s point of view on deception. Wilde’s

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

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    Oscar Wilde, the writer of The Importance of Being Earnest, celebrated the Victorian Era society while criticizing it in his play. Through his play, he utilized the humorous literary techniques of pun, irony, and satire to comment on the impact of Victorian Era society left on the characters themselves. These comedic literary devices also help to show how the members of this society in the Victorian Era live by a set of unspoken rules that determine politeness, as well as proper etiquette to live

  • Not Being Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest Essay examples

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    Not Being Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest  While some critics contend that The Importance of Being Earnest is completely fanciful and has no relation to the real world, others maintain that Oscar Wilde's "trivial comedy for serious people" does make significant comments about social class and the institution of marriage.  These observations include the prevalent utilization of deceit in everyday affairs.  Indeed the characters and plot of the play appear to be

  • Importance Of Being Earnest

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    The Importance of being Earnest. After reviewing the play and the movie, I determined that the Importance of Being Earnest is a combination all three elements. The play satirizing the society at the time, but also have elements of a farce and comedy of manners. All in all, the movie held true to novel and represented all these concepts. The satirizing occurs around the education system and upper class people of the day. The farce elements are seen throughout the play. A farce is defined as: “A

  • Essay On The Importance Of Being Earnest

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    The Importance of Being Earnest The title of the book I read for my summer reading is called The Importance of Being Earnest which is a drama book written by Oscar Wilde. It was set in London in the year of 1895. A constant theme throughout this book was marriage beginning with Lane and Algernon discussion. Everyone has different ideas of what marriage is, Lane believes it is a pleasant state, Algernon and Jack discuss if it's for business or pleasure. Lady Bracknell believes that it should be a

  • The Importance of Being Earnest Essay

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    A Trivial Comedy for Serious People Oscar Wilde mocked his audience while he entertained them. Perhaps his most loved and well-known work, The Importance of Being Earnest, satirises the manners and affections of the upper-class Victorian society. Satire is a literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, usually with the intent of changing or correcting the subject of the satirical attack. The play focuses on the elite, while making fun of the ludicrousness and extremity

  • The Importance Of Being Earnest Analysis

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    The play, The Importance of Being Earnest written by Oscar Wilde, describes two main protagonists living in 1890's England, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff (Algy), who, for the sake of love, both use the same name (Ernest) to conceal their true identity. Algy has a cousin named Gwendolen Fairfax, whom Jack is in deep love with. On the other hand, Algy falls in love with Jack's ward, who is Cecily Cardew. At first, everything goes well, until both Jack and Algy end up together in the country

  • The Importance of Being Earnest Essay

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    beliefs. Like many satirical plays, The Importance of Being Earnest is deliberately preposterous in nature so as to better ridicule Edwardian social life and cherished ideals. The Importance of Being Earnest is a stinging indictment of upper class British society of the time. The ingenious play mocks the concepts of aristocracy and love in Edwardian society, and addresses the notion of treating all important matters of life with genuine and earnest triviality. Much of the subtle and

  • The Importance Of Being Earnest Value

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    Jaci B. Gray Professor James Reed English 1302.2532 March 26, 2017 The Importance of Value In the drama “The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde, Lady Bracknell is right to say that “We live, I regret to say, in an age of surfaces” (Wilde 1604). This play emphasizes that the Victorian era did not value sympathy for the underprivileged, responsibility, or even true honesty. Only wealthiness, class status, and style were what the Victorians’ cared about. An example of this would be when neither