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Playwrights use drama as a tool that links reality and imagination Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Ernest isnt an exception and his use of the contemporary setting in London 1895 cleverly assists in delivering this quality This use of the setting is important in a production It often allows the audiences to identify with the characters performing on stage understand the humor introduced in the play and reflect upon reality An Ancient Egyptian setting can enhance entertainment qualities and correspond well with some aspects of the play however there also exists many other parts that dont work well with the suggested setting A comparison with a setting of Ancient Egypt reveals that the play achieves more by using the original setting Setting the play in Ancient Egypt at a first glance seems to be an ideal choice The play could be specifically set for the Old Kingdom period in Egypt around 2500 BC Adorned with elaborate costumes and props the performance will successfully achieve its goal as an entertainment The stage decoration can create a mysterious atmosphere of a foreign city Since the Great Pyramids were built during this period the set could have the view of the pyramids in the distance as well Baines This visual effect will provide a sense of satisfaction to the audience by letting them indirectly experience the Egyptian lifestyle Attending this dramatic performance will provide a substitute for a costly and time-consuming travel It allows for the same exciting experience of exploring the aspects of a distant place without spending much time or other valuable resources The servants in the play could also be turned into slave figures for the Egyptian setting They will indicate the status of other characters that are members of a high-class society and also play a crucial role as comical figures Throughout the play the servants are seen as a source of mockery and are constantly being ridiculed This trait becomes evident even
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