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The Importance of Being Earnest In the play The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde employs a great sense of comedy throughout the entire play but in particular the first act The play is set in victorian times where there is a social struggle between the different classes of society It is important to see how Wilde distinguishes the social classes right from the start of the play The play as a whole is about two gentlemen Algernon Moncrief and Jack Worthing Jack who is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax and Algernon who is in love with Cecily Cardew The undoubtable fact is that Gwendolen and Cecily have always desired a man by the name of Ernest Throughout the play Jack and Algernon put on a charade that their names are in fact Ernest This becomes rather comical in the play as the first act shows It is ironic in the opening lines of the play that Lane Algernons servant replies I didnt think it polite to listen sir 591 when Algernon asked him if he heard what he was playing on the pianoWhile Algernon Moncrieff and his manservant prepared for a visit from his aunt the formidable Lady Bracknell their conversation turned to the question of marriage Observing the servants somewhat lax views on the subject Algernon explains how the lower social classes dont set a good example for the upper classes so what is the use of them Again this is quite strange how Algernon wastelling this to his servant basically telling him he is useless This chat was interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Algernons friend Ernest Worthing Worthing was pleased to hear that Lady Bracknell and her beautiful daughter Gwendolen would be appearing
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