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One of the most difficult obstacles a playwright has to overcome is finding a way to engage and interest their audience to their piece Often having to deal with such problems such as boredom inattentiveness or just a general lack of interest playwrights often invent dramatic devices that entice and entertain their audiences An example of this is the character Lane in Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest Not only does he portray what the public sentiment is like he also offers a channel for Wilde to portray the handling of the lower orders by the English upper class Lane as any good servant should be is loyal and trustworthy towards his master Algernon Lane dutifully obliges to his masters requests and even defends Algernon when he gets in trouble For example when discussing with Lady Bracknell the subject of the missing cucumber sandwiches Lane quickly replies There were no cucumbers in the markets this morningI went down twice The reader and the audience are both wise to this ploy Lanes character also serves a very interesting dramatic function in this piece in that he serves as a facilitator for Wilde to comment on social perceptions of not only marriage but of the lower classes as a whole Before the audience is introduced to Jack Algernon comments Lanes views on marriage seem somewhat lax Really if the lower orders dont set us a good example what on earth is the use of them They seem as a class to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility This is a rather bold statement and it relates to the piece in that it portrays aristocratic sentiment towards marriage and society It also serves a function in portraying that aristocratic sentiment is not always the correct one The comment shows more that this elitist sentiment is skewed and out of touch with reality If it were correct that Lane had no sense of moral responsibility he probably
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