Oscar Wilde Writing Styles in The Importance of Being Earnest

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Point of View

The point of view of the play's text is third-person. There are two main characters, Jack and Algernon, although much activity within the second act transpires without their presence. As the work is a theatrical performance, there is no narrator. There is no way to tell what the characters think or feel aside from the way in which they act and in what they say. This is important to keep in mind because different directors would invariably change the actions of the characters to suit their own needs. Since the story is told completely through the words and actions of the characters, any given two performances might actually be very different from one another in terms of meaning, intent, and quality. Whatever the case, the text provides a solid background from which to elicit strong emotional responses from the reader and viewer alike. In essence, it...

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