How does The Importance of Being Earnest do a good job of addressing hypocrisy?
Hypocrisy exists when one pretends to be something one is not or pretends to believe something one does not, or it can refer to behavior that would seem to contradict whatever it is that one claims to believe or feel. Wilde addresses the hypocrisy rampant among the upper class in England at this time by rendering his upper-class characters laughable and ridiculous.
For instance, when Jack first arrives at Algernon's house, Algernon will not allow him to eat any cucumber sandwiches because, he says, they've been ordered especially for his Aunt Augusta. However, Algernon precedes to eat...
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