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Unformatted text preview: 1. “It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties." This line was inserted as an obvious jab at white collar society. Wilde is criticizing businessmen for being self-important and braggarts, trying hard to get attention for the work they do. “The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her if she is pretty and to someone else if she is plain. “ I feel slightly misogynistic saying that this is my favorite line in the play, but it is. Wilde ironically presents philandering as legitimate relationship advice to keep a woman obedient. It struck me as humorous because I couldn’t help but think how many people would actually use this to justify an affair. 2. The Importance of Being Earnest set a lot of comedic precedents that have been stuck to very closely ever since. Oscar Wilde is one of the most influential humorists to ever write, and as such many of his elements are frequently borrowed by modern...
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course ENGL 121 taught by Professor Martinez during the Spring '08 term at UNC.
- Spring '08
- The Importance of Being Earnest