The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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In "The Importance of being Earnest", Oscar Wilde is distant from his characters. Why doesn't he give a deep psychological profile? Does it have to do with the fact that it is a satire/farce/comedy so...

In "The Importance of being Earnest", Oscar Wilde is distant from his characters. Why doesn't he give a deep psychological profile?

Does it have to do with the fact that it is a satire/farce/comedy so the audience should not identify with the protagonists?

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You are on the right track with your secondary question: Wilde characterization choices are directly tied to the fact that The Importance of Being Earnest is a satirical piece.

However, Wilde's goal was not necessarily to keep the...

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