The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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How do puns and paradoxes contribute to the satirical tone in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.

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The main contribution of puns and paradoxes to the satirical tone of the play is the fact that they intensify the humor of the satire by  presenting contrasting ideas that are both ridiculous and almost impossible to concede in everyday situations. In turn, this brings out the main message that there is triviality and humor in everything, even in situations that are considered too mature, or too tedious, or even boring. 

InThe Importance of Being EarnestWilde intended to mock the sanctimonious behavior of the society to which he belonged. The "Lady Bracknells", and "Miss Prisms" of his time were quite real. In fact, many people practiced what in...

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