Oscar Wilde's Aphorisms (List of Examples + Analysis / Response Exercises)

This advanced handout and worksheet is an ideal introduction to Wilde’s sense of humour, personality and overall style. It focuses on his many famous and witty aphorisms. The worksheet includes:

  1. An extensive list of Wilde’s best and most famous aphorisms.

  2. A worksheet that facilitates students’ response and critical analysis of the aphorisms, with a particular focus on Wilde’s aphoristic sense of humour and use of humour as a vehicle for social criticism.

The worksheet and handouts can be used as an idea pre-reading activity for just about any of Wilde’s works, but is particularly well-suited to introducing his comedies (“The Importance of Being Earnest”, “An Ideal Husband”, “Lady Windermere’s Fan” etc.)

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Created: Jan 24, 2019


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