The Importance of Being Earnest

THE importance of being earnest

I am not even going to beat about the bush about how brilliant and hilarious this play was. I am not kidding the story had me in stitches from the very first page. Do people still write like this? I doubt! Oscar Wilde is a genius! Absolutely the funniest book ever. What is more? The book has such an important title! Like seriously! Who names a book The Importance of Being Earnest? Then it goes further to say “A trivial comedy for Serious People”. I reckon it should make the most serious person laugh uncontrollably.

Why did I fall completely for the title? Well, I (shamefully) had never read the book, I have heard it mentioned, but somehow never really paid any attention. Until I found it on my Wattpad application and downloaded it for later reading. Believe it or not I kept the book in my Wattpad library for one full year and some months.

One evening on my way back from work I was scrolling through my books on Wattpad and saw Oscar Wilde’s book. Without expecting much yet fascinated by the title I clicked on it and started to read. Book lovers and dear friends of words and wit. Hmm. I read until I got to my bus stop. All through my trip (which would have been boring or inundated by the lamentations of fellow passengers about the state of the nation) I chuckled, giggled, snorted and even laughed out loud at the sheer humor of this farce.

Oh my days! I don’t even know how to start telling you my favorite lines. The play was just utterly trivial. The lines were delightfully tasty and witty. Permit me to reproduce a line or two here and I promise that is all I am going to give away.

So when one of the characters Jack professes his love for Gwendolen, her mother Lady Bracknell takes it upon herself to ask him some questions.

“Do you smoke?

Yes, I must admit I smoke

I am glad to hear it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind. There are far too many idle men in London as it is.


I am still crackling with mirth here. I think I may read the short play again. Who has read Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest? Did you find it hilarious? And how cool is the title? Leave your comments and favorite lines below!

Keep reading, stay creative.





7 thoughts on “The Importance of Being Earnest

  1. British society was divided into several classes. Playwrights such as Wilde and GB Shaw were two of the writers who poked fun at the upper class for all it’s pomp and circumstance, the stuff that rendered that class as supercilious bores. The thing about humor is that it contains grains of truth and comedy gathers such grains and kneads them into the dough of ridicule. Where many socialists of the time tried to shame the upper classes and governments into change, nothing does so much to hurry such change as ridicule. I am glad you read the play. There are several film versions that have been made and they are generally very good.


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