Triviality and Seriousness in Oscar Wilde's Play The Importance of Being Earnest


  • Mariwan Hasan Sulaimani University, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
  • Bafrin Ebrahim Independent Researcher
  • Rangin Mahmud Independent Researcher


eighteenth century drama, Oscar Wilde, triviality, seriousness, arranged marriage


This paper aims to elaborate triviality and seriousness portrayed in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (1898). The play was considered Wilde’s masterpiece, and it highlights the life in the Victorian era. The play portrays the marriage life also the importance of wealth, land, and beauty. This paper employs textual and historical approaches. The findings revealed that the play exemplifies triviality by treating serious things like trivial objects and vice versa. Social class and marriage life were seen as insignificant, while something unimportant was treated as it was a life matter. This paper concludes that Oscar Wilde made use of such a technique on purpose to make fun of the Victorian way of life.


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Hasan, M., Ebrahim, B. ., & Mahmud, R. (2022). Triviality and Seriousness in Oscar Wilde’s Play The Importance of Being Earnest. NOBEL: Journal of Literature and Language Teaching, 13(2), 163–174. Retrieved from