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The importance of being earnest written by Oscar Wilde takes place in the Victorian time period in England Wilde was known as dry stern and earnest This is why he chose the title for his play for it takes place in the upper stuck up English society and his protagonists think they are something of the sort yet they want the name Earnest This book shows many examples of social satire and irony through ways of humor by puns Marriage satirized throughout the play is just one example of they way Wilde conveys his humor in the Importance of being Earnest Throughout the play marriage is not taken seriously and is satirized This is seen in Algernons opinion or judgement in Act one Jack tells Algy that he has come to town to ask Gwendolen to marry him In response to this Algernon says I thought you had come up for pleasure I call that businessAs he continues he says I really dont see anything romantic in proposing It is very romantic to be in love But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal Why one may be accepted One usually is I believe Then the excitement is all over The very essence of romance is uncertainty If I ever get married Ill certainly try to forget the fact This is ironic because in the end Algernon proposes to Cecily contradicting himself entirely Irony also lies in the fact that Cecily and Gwendolen are only marrying for the name Earnest not love Throughout the play is a double meaning behind the name earnest which can be a name or mean a word describing seriousness Both Jack and Algernon thought they were lying about their names being earnest when in fact in the end they hadnt been lying at all They both picked Earnest so they could pretend to be someone else somewhere else Both of them could be serious where
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