Analyze the comic appeal of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest with close reference to the text.

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"The Importance of Being Earnest" is a comedy which criticises its society's practices and customs.  Some of the comedic elements is Lady Bracknell's monologue on being an invalid.  The play also incorporates situational irony, when both Jack and Algernon want to be named Ernest and end up being brothers at the end of the play.  The witty repartee between Jack and Algernon about love in Act 1 also add to the comedy.  The play uses many play on words and puns (or double meanings) in order to achieve a comedic affect.

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