In the play The Importance of Being Earnest, explain the play as a satire on victorian society.
The play offers as satirical view of the highly-formalized and overly-mannered behavior of upper-class Victorians. One scene that portrays these mannerisms in a very exaggerated way is the one in which Gwendolyn and Cecily have tea. Both women are overly polite to the point of parody. When they think they may be vying for the affections of the same man, the niceties of the formal tea ceremony are perversely undermined. The satirical treatment of Victorian politeness and proper behavior shows how unnatural and dishonest such behavior is, and works to comment upon the characters who engage in it.