Blog Post #3

The beauty of ‘Importance of Being Earnest’ isn’t in it’s setting or characters, but is in its portrayal of human hypocrisy which is universal by nature. Hence, it does not matter where the play really takes place as that element is present throughout the ages in every region of the world. However, it would be quite interesting to see ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ being played out in 14th century China when the Chinese aristocratic society was on the rise. One of the themes of this play is also marriage so it would be interesting to see the cultural differences and ways that marriage proposals had to be done in different aristocratic societies.  Furthermore, it would be intriguing to see the acceptable wealth and definition of wealth to marry in that society. The adaptability and transference of ideas of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is what makes this play a timeless classic.

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