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by Oscar Wilde

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Can you list the examples of hyperbole in the importance of being earnest.

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Hyperbole is one of the techniques Oscar Wilde uses most often in The Importance of Being Earnest. Hyperbole—exaggeration for effect—enables Wilde to satirize the ridiculous ideas and behaviors of the Victorian British upper class. There are many examples throughout, but I will list a few, one from each act of the play, and explain their effects.

In the play's first act, Jack visits Algernon at his house in London. It turns out Jack left his cigarette case at the house last time he visited. When Algernon reveals he has the case, Jack exclaims,

I wish to goodness you had let me know. I have been writing frantic letters to Scotland Yard about it. I was very nearly offering a large reward.

Here, Jack tells Algernon he has consulted the police to investigate...

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