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The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

Compared to The Picture of Dorian Gray this is simple, succinct and witty. The medium is an effective foil to Wildes excesses, and his mockery of the hypocritical aristocracy is often enjoyable. However, Wilde does not seriously question the right of his characters to their privilege - his criticism is light-hearted and his target is the way upper classes behave, not their existence. Also, the sexism of the day might excuse Wilde for creating stereotypical female characters, but not so much for his misogynistic jokes!