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It was during the Victorian Age that one of the most renowned pieces of literature was written. In fact, many religious, political, and social changes were taking place during this era. Oscar Wilde portrayed such changes in a satirical and comical tone via his play, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. The play revolves around two young male characters that create a false identity in an attempt to escape the daily restraints of Victorian Society. They are eventually caught in their lies and falsehood. Generally, the purpose of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is to poke fun at the strict Victorian morals and values. However, the play can also be viewed via the concept of gender roles and the way in which Wilde’s use of gender role reversal is particularly emphasized. The Victorian era presented an illusion of male supremacy over women. Via Wilde’s reversal of gender roles and having female characters take on the roles of men and vice versa, the flaws of the Victorian gender values are apparent. Wilde’s reversal of gender roles is evident via the two main female characters in the play;...

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