The Importance of Being Earnest Questions and Answers
by Oscar Wilde

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What is another scene in The Importance of Being Earnest that continues to amuse modern day audiences? I already have two: when Lady Bracknell interviews Jack and when Gwendolen and Cecily have tea.

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I think that your selection of Lady Bracknell’s interview and the tea-time with Gwendolen and Cecily’s fighting over a fictional “Earnest” are both great selections!

There are numerous scenes from Oscar Wilde’s play “The Importance of Being Earnest” that continue to resonate with modern audiences. In the performances of this play that I’ve seen, Algernon’s ravenous appetite for cucumber sandwiches and his subsequent cover-up for his guests draws lots of laughter. You could also explore the interaction between Miss Prism and Canon Chasuble, a scene laden with innuendo and made even more humorous by the situational irony of an uptight teacher flirting so boldly with a parish priest. A third scene that seems to garner laughter is when Jack reveals his background: being found in a handbag at the train station.

Although this isn’t exactly a single scene from the play, my students have always found the concept of “Bunburying” to be particularly funny. They claim that it is...

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