To be more outspoken and descriptive and also to provide some support to my opinion, I will extend this brief comment.
Why to love Oscar Wilde's Importance of being Earnest? The plot is rather lame, yet its message makes up for this poor deficiency. Plot> 2 gentelmen fall in love > some sort of an obstacle > collision > a surprisingly expected happy end. End of story.
What the play actually reveals is how all of the Britsh aristocracy, but I'd say it inclueds all of us these days, are playing some sort of a mask game. John is pretending to be Ernest throughout the entire play, but in reality he behaves far from being earnest. One of Wilde's sarcastic revelations, we all wish from the depth of our hearts to be moral, have some ethical values, to be respected, loyal, etc.... but we don't have any of these traits. Just masks.
In the play, high class treats important issues as humbel, fussy chores of their daily life and at the same time what is obviously unimportant has a vital meaning. What a distorted attitude? Dismissing wars, political, economical crises and going crazy for the latest plate services which are in fashion.
7 quotes for which I have utterly fallen for:
" I don't play accurately - any one can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression"
this quote is uttered by Alge at the beginning of the play, see how hilarios it is? Why? The British aristocrats did not care about the accuracy, but appearance? It's crucial how you look, what will thers think, when they spot your face not glowing with perfection?
"All women become like their mother, That is their tragedy, No man does. That's his"
It's sad by true, just consider the amounts of jokes about mothers-in-law. Obsessive, pedant, unbearable they are, on contrary men ought to learn more from their mothers, instead we have blown-up egos walking around.
"The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to some one else, if she is plain."
I believe it does not need my comments, it's quite self-evident. :D
"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."We are not self-centered at all :D. What a conceived race humans are.
"The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means."
People often believe what is true in books is appliable in a common life. Well, we are certainly mistakne about that. Not always good end happily, it is rather an example of rarity.
"It is awfully hard work doing nothing. However, I don't mind hard work where there is no definite object of any kind."
Hard work = an absolutely unimportant activity. Does it ring a bell?
"One must be serious about something, if one wants to have any amusement in life."
Why can't we live our lives with seriousness? Apperantly, we starve for any kind of significance which would shed light on our bleak existance. EGO! Without a serious treatment of life - it is dead.