The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

This comedic play revolves around two protagonists who both use the pseudonym "Ernest" to escape their social obligations. Their plans unravel when they fall in love and their betrothed women reveal they are only willing to marry men named Ernest. The situation is further complicated by a case of mistaken identity, a lost handbag, and a surprising revelation about one of the protagonist's parentage. The play uses wit and humor to satirize the social conventions of Victorian England, particularly the importance placed on trivialities.

The 603rd greatest book of all time


Published
1895
Nationality
Irish
Type
Fiction
Pages
70-120
Words
22,380
Original Language
English

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