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Critics of the play refer to Wildes mastery of epigram and the audacity and polish of his wit Illustrate this mastery using examples which you have enjoyed from the play Proposal for opening According to Collins English Dictionary wit is the talent or quality of using unexpected associations between contrasting or disparate words or ideas to make a clever humorous effect it is more intellectual than straightforward humour which can include slapstick An epigram is a witty often paradoxical remark concisely expressed The Importance of being Earnest is a play overflowing with both epigrams and wit The title itself is a play on the words Ernest and earnest There are so many examples of Wildes mastery of epigram and the audacity and polish of his wit that unfortunately only a few can be used to illustrate this essay They can be grouped into four main types play on words opposite to what is expected or accepted paradox other epigrams and plain wit Or According to Websters Encyclopedic Dictionary wit is the ability to relate seemingly unlike things so as to illuminate or amuse it is more intellectual than straightforward humour which can include slapstick An epigram is a brief witty saying Could also group by subject wordplay truth lovemarriage diary death education illness Society Maybe too many groups this way could perhaps cut them down Examples too many to be winnowed Play on words Title The Importance of Being Earnest I55 Algernon As far as the piano is concerned sentiment is my forte Play on the word pianoforte I12161 AlgernonYou look as if your name was Ernest You are the most earnest looking person I ever saw in my life Play on Ernest and earnest II67ish Gwendolen Mamma whose views on education are remarkably strict has brought me up to be extremely short-sighted it is part of her system so do
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