Choose one of the following three topics below and write a five-paragraph literary essay: Explore the three literary elements and/or techniques below that Wilde uses to create humor and achieve dramatic and satirical affect. puns epigrams inversions in character, ideas and social relationships

five-paragraph literary essay

Unit 5: Modern Drama Assignment

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Choose one of the following three topics below and write a five-paragraph literary essay:

Explore the three literary elements and/or techniques below that Wilde uses to create humor and achieve dramatic and satirical affect.

puns

epigrams

inversions in character, ideas and social relationships

Analyze Wilde’s use of satire in the play. Hint: research “satire” in the literary terms glossary or PowerPoint and try to determine just what and who Wilde is ridiculing.

3. Wilde’s play is subtitled “A Trivial Play for Serious People.” Explain how you interpret the meaning of this. What are these characters “serious” about? Why?

Please review the accompanying handout “Writing a Literary Essay” and consult the rubric before, during, and after writing your essay. As this is a challenging play, you are welcome to consult supplementary resources to assist you, but remember to cite all outside sources to avoid plagiarism. As this is a drama, I would recommend watching the 1952 film directed by Anthony Asquith.

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