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Unformatted text preview: A Trivial Comedy For Serious People the subtitle for the Importance of Being Ernest Inversion is obvious in the subtitle of the play Importance of Being Ernest is a play of Comedy of Manners o Comic piece that gets comedic mileage by examining societal manners o Manners can be good but when they become fixedthey become like a straight-jacket o The characters of this play are restricted by mannerisms o What manners intend to do VS what manners do in reality Importance of Being Ernest has tendencies of farce Importance of Being Ernest Characteristics that satirize Victorian Period o Propriety o Industry o Seriousness o Status: class (aristocracy) Rival set of values o Pleasure o Fun o Frivolity o Status: accomplishments (meritocracy) Vocabulary Farce Comedy of Manners o Showing the real civility of culture Well-made play o Inversion o There isnt physical comedy because the characters are obsessed with physical world o Hypocrisy of this time...
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- Spring '08
- The Importance of Being Earnest