In Oscar Wilde's satirical play "The Importance of Being Earnest," how is the importance of self-awareness portrayed?
Oscar Wilde's play "The Importance of Being Earnest" helps both character and audience alike to become self-aware through portrayal of a satirical attitude towards life within an amusing plot. The best way that self-awareness is portrayed in the play is in Act I when Jack and Algernon discuss propriety, marriage and bunburying.
Propriety : First, Algernon is preparing to meet with his Aunt and cousin for tea when Jack arrives unannounced. This might seem rude in proper society but is overlooked because of Algy is not one to stand on ceremony; although, he does warn Jack that his Aunt might not like it. In honor of his Aunt, Algy has cucumber sandwiches brought up and waiting for her. It is funny, however, that although he tells Jack not to eat the sandwiches, he winds up eating them all up before her arrival. In this humorous way, Algy attempts to show his respect for his aunt and the rules of society, but selfishly tosses that aside for his own appetites. At this point, however, Algy...
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