Literature-In-English Paper 2, May/June 2012  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Main
General Comments
Question 7

Examine the satire in the play.


Candidates were expected to show various situations in the play that are satirical, as follows:

  • Gwendolen’s obsession with the name “Ernest” rather than earnestness itself.


  • The society placing more value on social connections than good character, as seen in Lady Bracknell;s  interrogation of Jack.
  • Society’s misplaced priority as exemplified in the inadvertent swapping of the baby Jack with the manuscript of a novel. 


  • Jack’ s wooing of Gwendolen which shows the reverse of the assumptions about gender roles in the play. etc.


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