Analyze the conflicts presented in Oscar Wilde's play "The importance of Being Earnest."

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The word "conflict" means for someone or something to disagree. There are three major conflicts in Wilde's play "The Importance of Being Earnest," which are between Jack and Lady Bracknell, between Jack and Algernon, and when the women want to marry only men whose names are Ernest. First, Jack and Lady Bracknell are at odds because Jack wants to marry her daughter, but she doesn't think he is socially acceptable due to his lack of parentage. Second, Jack and Algernon are at odds because of their different personalities and views on "Bunburying." (And due to the fact that Algernon plays a Bunbury on Jack, which was highly deceptive.) Finally, and most importantly, the conflict between the women's desires to marry men whose names are Ernest and common human sense brings to light the absurdity of setting illogical conditions on love and marriage. Through these types of conflicts in the play, tension is created, but fun is achieved as the problems are worked out in ironic ways.

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