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James Conlon

British Lit.- 10- Ambrose

April 8th, 2011

Comedy and its relation to Past and Present Literature:

The Importance of Being Earnest and Mean Girls
Commonly, past and modern comedy share similar relating elements, dating back to its origins. These elements have brought to Dark Ages, and have glorified Golden times. The high school dramedy Mean Girls (2004) contains similar comedic elements to Oscar Wilde’s Victorian era satire, The Importance of Being Earnest. The high school “dramedy” Mean Girls tells of Cady, a exchange student from Africa who is enlisted as a whistleblower, to expose the true hierarchy of real high school. Importance of Being Earnest tells of two half brothers, Jack and Algernon, who’s alter identities get them into a whirlwind of trouble with their fiancés, Ceclily and Gwendolyn. These farce, satirical comedies both contain similar brands of basic comedy. Including satire, stereotypes, and mistaken identities, or inconclusive resolutions, these chuckling comedies have roared in box office and play teller tickets, due to these slapstick essentials.

One of Oscar Wilde’s main points in Importance of Being Earnest is the satire of the Victorian era. Wilde patronizes high class Victorian society by making them some of the most dim-witted, moronic characters portrayed. Just in the subtitle, “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” is a pun for the recognizing of absurdity seen in the Victorian era. By stating that the comedy is a complex play restricted only for smart people, makes fun of the high class and their close-mindedness. This is also seen in Tina Fey’s [Writer]




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