Need help on narrowing my search for my research essay: should it be similar plays/books about topic or more on authors style and bio?Currently writing a research essay in school. Topic is: Write...

Need help on narrowing my search for my research essay: should it be similar plays/books about topic or more on authors style and bio?

Currently writing a research essay in school. Topic is:

Write an essay on the importance of non sequitur comments, the word play on the name of Earnest, and other elements of wit and humour in the play The Importance of Being Earnest

I need some help on trying to narrow what kind of articles or books I should be researching. Should it be similar books, or plays that relate to the topic? Or should it be articles about the authors bio, or writing style relating to the topic?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I believe you should stick with Oscar Wilde and the one play, The Importance of Being Earnest. Otherwise you can get too bogged down in research, and then when you go to write your paper you will find yourself shuffling through mounds of books, journals, and photocopies and get yourself confused. You can start right here in eNotes. They offer plenty of material online, especially on this one play by Oscar Wilde because it is his best-known, most characteristic, and most frequently performed play. You should also go through the play itself and identify at least some of the non sequiter comments and word play on the importance of being Earnest. Wilde used the non sequitur comments to get laughs. You don't have to identify every comment or every reference to the importance of being Earnest, just enough to show you understand the assignment. But by all means start with the reference material in eNotes, which will lead you to other important research material at the library. If you refer to a book of quotations, like Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, you will see some of Wilde's better-known paradoxical statements, such as,

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."

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loller12 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

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The only problem is that I have to use 2 scholarly journals or articles and one book related to the topic. Anyone got an suggestions on a boaim that has similar importance of its non sequitur comments andwords plays?

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