The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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Justify the title The Importance of Being Earnest.

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The title has a dual meaning as it pertains to the play as a whole.

First, the title's significance lies in the denotation of the word "earnest." Defined as a quality of being sincere, the word is an important thematic idea in the play as a whole, since several characters use secrecy and deception in order to pursue their own interests. The tangle of lies causes several conflicts among the characters, chiefly relating to their romantic pursuit of one another. The title of...

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