"The Importance of Being Earnest" (Oscar Wilde) - Names and Identity in the Play

This handout and worksheet is designed to guide students’ analysis of the characters of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”, with a particular focus on the irony and the humour that governs their “telling” names. The handout includes:

  1. A brief introduction to the concept of ‘telling names’ and how they can be used by an author as a means of humorous characterisation etc.

  2. Activity designed to enable a guided close reading and analysis of the characters and their names within the play.

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Created: Oct 19, 2018

Updated: Jan 9, 2019

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