The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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In The Importance of Being Earnest, how does Oscar Wilde poke fun at the institutions of religion and education?

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In The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde satirizes society's most important institutions by trivializing them. Education and religion are spoofed in the play.

Lady Bracknell's interview with Jack is a good example of how education is mocked. She states that a man who wants to marry should know either nothing or everything. This statement in itself is absurd. She then asks Jack which extreme applies to him, and he admits he knows nothing. She is happy with that answer and goes on to sing the praises of "natural ignorance," calling it a "delicate exotic flower" that shouldn't be touched. With such views, she certainly has no grounds on which to pass judgment on the educational system, but that doesn't stop her. She continues:

The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes.

Another character Wilde uses to make fun of education is Miss...

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