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Questions related to the 1895 play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Use this tag with the [oscar-wilde] tag.

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How does "The Importance of Being Earnest" challenge the treatment of women in sterotypical Victorian society?

In The Importance of Being Earnest Algernon says: In the second place, whenever I do dine there I am always treated as a member of the family, and sent down with either no woman at all, or two. In ...
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How to know if "The Importance of Being Earnest" is farce or satire or both?

If farce and satire both use irony and exaggeration to hint at something serious, then why are they different? I am reading the play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. I am getting quite ...
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What do these lines mean in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'?

Miss Prism: (Recoiling in indignant astonishment) Mr Worthing! I am unmarried! Jack: Unmarried! I do not deny that is a serious blow. But after all, who has the right to cast a stone against one who ...
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Meaning of Lady Bracknell's phrasing in The Importance of Being Ernest

Lady Bracknell (to Cecily): Pretty child! your dress is sadly simple, your hair seems almost as Nature might have left it. But we can soon alter all that. A thoroughly experienced French maid produces ...
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Meaning and implication of these lines in The Importance of Being Ernest

Lady Bracknell: There are distinct social possibilities in your profile. The two weak points in our age are its want of principle and its want of profile. The chin a little higher, dear. Style largely ...
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What is the humour behind these lines in 'The Importance Of Being Earnest'?

In Act II of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon and Cecily have this exchange: Cecily: I can't understand how you are here at all. Uncle Jack won't be back till Monday afternoon. ...
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In the given line, what is the relation between ‘short-sighted’ and ‘education’? What does it mean by strict views on education?

In Act II of The Importance of Being Earnest, Gwendolen says this in a conversation with Cecily: Gwendolen: [...] And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully ...
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Is Cecily being sarcastic about the fact that Dr Chasuble is not learned?

In Act II of The Importance of Being Earnest, Cecily has this conversation with Algernon: Algernon: Ahem! Cecily! [Picking up hat.] Your Rector here is, I suppose, thoroughly experienced in the ...
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What do these lines say about Victorian investments and taxes?

What do the following lines from Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest say about Victorian investments and taxes? Lady Bracknell : What between the duties expected of one during one’s ...
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In "The Importance of Being Earnest", what does 'Or they come in the evening, at any rate' mean?

In The Importance of Being Earnest, when Lady Bracknell asks Jack about his politics, he answers "Liberal Unionist". Here's the exchange: Lady Bracknell: What are your politics? Jack: Well, ...
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