Are there any similarities between the play Mrs. Warren's Profession and The Importance of Being Earnest?

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Both plays are turn-of-the-20th-century social satires written by Anglo-Irish men living in England. Both premiered in London. Mrs. Warren’s Profession was published in 1898 and first produced in 1902; The Importance of Being Earnest was written in 1894 and first produced in 1895. Both plays explore the hypocrisy of fashionable and respectable society and the disparities between appearance and reality.

Although Mrs. Warren earns her living by arranging for sexual encounters between men and women, she has earned enough money—and proved she can keep their secrets—to gain a respectable place in society. Her hypocrisy is keeping knowledge of her profession from her daughter, who imagines that she is the unconventional one. George Bernard Shaw draws attention to hypocrisy by contrasting Kitty Warren to Frank Crofts in terms of the reputation of their business dealings. The...

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