Can we read 'The Importance of Being Earnest' as a play that has been written with a purpose? justify your answer.

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kimfuji | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Yes, you can however you would be missing the point. I think that Oscar Wild was very funny and had comedy in mind when he wrote this play. Maybe he was laughing out loud when he wrote. It's a parody of prudish morality. It is quite farcical the way he plays with Victorian melodrama. The critics had a hard time categorizing the play too.


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