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