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Help writing a thesis for The Importance of Being Earnest?I have to write an essay...

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kkling4 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM via web

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Help writing a thesis for The Importance of Being Earnest?

I have to write an essay about the use of humor in the play. I feel like humor is used to mock modern day society or something like that? Am i somewhat on track? and i need help writing a thesis any help is appreciated!

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 29, 2011 at 2:05 AM (Answer #1)

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A good thesis involving the use of humor in Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest would be that the play's use of mockery and irony is meant to publicly ridicule the self-loving attitude of the Victorian upper classes as well as to expose their hypocrisy, lack of intelligence, and ridiculous social behaviors.

If you use that as a thesis for your paper, then you would be able to expand how the behaviors of Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen, and Algernon show double standards, elitism, and snobbery in such an accentuated way that it results in a myriad of silly and funny situations.

Therefore, yes, you are on the right track. Use the idea of the thesis statement as a way to guide and focus your argument. I hope it works for you.

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