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Unformatted text preview: Earnest - serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous The Importance of Being Earnest o A comedy of manners written by Oscar Wilde o Based on many plays and works of literature from the period o Relied on restoration comedy for inspiration o Made fun of the manners of upper class British society o A farce Similar to restoration comedy Question of marriage is central to the play Attitudes towards marriage Breeding and background are central issues Upper class is the target of satire Elements of the "well made play" o Questions of identity o Information planted in first act provides solutions to the problems in the last act o Disguise o Last minute revelations Characters o John Worthing o Algernon Moncrieff o Lady Bracknell o Gwendolyn Fairfax o Cecily Cardew o Miss Prism o Rev. Chasuble...
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