"The Importance of Being Earnest" has been playing to packed audiences for over a hundred years. Why do you think it has remained so popular? "The Importance of Being Earnest" was first performed in 1895. The year marked the beginning of Oscar Wilde's "disgrace". Lord Alfred Douglas's father, the Marquis of Queensbury, began his campaign against Wilde. He was to die in 1900.
One of the main reasons that the play has been so popular for over 100
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veral on a page must have been a genius. Another example of a paradox is "Washing one's clean linen in public", what wonderful as well as out of the ordinary quotations.
Thus, I have shown the many reasons why this witty, interesting and altogether astounding play has lasted as long as it has, and will keep on lasting. But the greatest reason must be Oscar Wilde's wit and humour, and the way he expresses them.