Humors and Satire in "The Importance of Being Earnest"

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Playwrights of the early and late 19th century adopted, in their writings, non-realistic forms to express their satirical views about society. Perhaps the well-known of all these playwrights is Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), who gained popular and critical success with his satirical, witty and humorous plays about the Victorian upper classes, elite and nobles…

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Donohue, Berggren (pp. 90-98) discusses that Wilde pokes fun at the outward concerns of an aristocratic, elite and noble Victorian society he was aware of, but because the dialogue is so witty, satirical and humorous at the same time that even though the characters are trivial, they never decrease their attractiveness. Thus, Wilde's wit and humor fuel his satire. This paper discusses humors and satire in The Importance of Being Earnest written by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) in a concise and comprehensive way.
Kaplan, Stowell (pp. 123-129) discusses that The Importance of Being Earnest is at all levels humorous, parodic and satirical; merrily discouraging both conventional theatrical forms and the pre-determined artificial certainties of Victorian life, its stated intent is made quite clear in the subtitle: "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People (Kaplan, Stowell, pp. 123-129)." The play is a deliberate caricature of melodramatic plot conventions and the structure of the well-made play: the outsider Jack is portrayed to be of noble birth and to have the "proper" name, Ernest. ...
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