The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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Why or how is The Importance of Being Earnest funny? Is there a difference between being witty and being funny?

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The play The Importance of Being Earnest is humorous mainly in its satire and exaggeration of high-class society. While it seems like a stuffy, self-righteous play, it is really simply a mockery of the people who truly feel that way about themselves. It takes the manners and customs, particularly elaborate and unnecessary etiquette, and exaggerates them to the point of buffoonery for the entertainment of the audience, typically people of lower classes who would find it amusing and consider the etiquette of the upper class excessive and useless.

Wit is different from humor in that it is a subgroup of it. You can be humorous strictly with slapstick or physical comedy, and you can be humorous with lewd jokes or with idiocy. Wit is the attempt at using cunning wordplay and situations to create humor. It was something that Oscar Wilde ,...

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