What is the role of religion in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde?

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The Importance of Being Earnest is not a particularly "religious play," but there is a character who is associated with the church—Reverend Chasuble—and two of the main characters seek Christenings. Religion, or at least the way it is used and viewed by the Victorian upper class, is a subject of ridicule in the play.

Reverend Chasuble is a serious man who serves as the parish religious figure in the country, where Jack Worthing has a home. He erroneously claims that he cannot be married, according to "the ancient church" when Miss Prism suggests he may want to take a wife. He is depicted as having strange mannerisms and ways of speaking (making random metaphorical associations, for example). He is respected by those around him, but that isn't saying much, as the other characters seem rather silly and superficial. One redeeming quality about Chasuble is that he does propose to Miss Prism at the end of the play, and unlike the other engagements we see, their relationship is based on a...

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