How does Wilde use typical dramatic conventions in The Importance of Being Earnest? Where do we see Wilde overturning typical dramatic conventions? What social commentary does he make by overturning these conventions?

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The Irish writer and wit Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest, which premiered in London in 1895, is perhaps his most celebrated and famous works. Wilde is familiar with the conventions of theater and expertly works with them while also subverting them. It is a play that is seemingly a straightforward, witty, and glib comedy. Wilde is working in a familiar genre, namely comedy, and it is, specifically, a social comedy or a comedy of manners.

His characters are socially established and financially comfortable, and there is nothing about them that would shock or confuse an audience. Wilde works with...

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