Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

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The author Oscar Wilde wrote the satire comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, to provoke laughter and entertain the audience by using gender and role reversal. Hemade fun of the expectations that society puts on males and females. He mocks romance and marriage, giving a sense that he doesn 't think of either very highly.The main characters Algernon Moncieff, Gwendolen Fairfax, John Worthing and Cecily Cardew seem to fall in and out of love so fast, it 's hard to tell where their love is at all. Wilde paints a perfect portrait of the characters he is criticizing.The Importance of Being Earnestderives its comedic pleasurefrom mixing togethercontradictory yet likable characterswith a surprising twist at the endleaving the reader happily entertained.Algernon and Jack fulfill thegender stereotype for the time frame the play was written. They are uppity confident socialites. Algernon is a charming decorated bachelor who…show more content…
Wilde makes fun of the extravagance by serving cucumber 2Christensensandwiches ordered by the manservant. Algernon shows his "Importance" by saying of his manservant "Really, if the lower orders don 't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them?". (14) He also paints a picture of what he thinks of romance and marriage by quotes such as "Girls never marry the men they flirt with." (16),but then contradicts his own statement by stating "The amount of women who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandelous."Jack is seemingly respectablehowever he leads a double life which is found out by Algernon in the first scene. "Well my name is Ernest and town and Jack in the country..." (17). He longs to marry Gwendolen and
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