To what degree is the play’s satire still relevant? In other words, does the hypocrisy made fun of in the play still exist today, in the 21st century?

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Wilde has made us laugh for over 150 years, precisely because his universal message is clear: The masques men wear bring out their true identity.

In this play, the universality of the masque is the elitism and hypocrisy of society, which allows the reader to read between the line and see the true make up of each character.

Those same situations happen in the 21st century: False images, elitism, marriage for all the wrong reasons, interest in...

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