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    Can anyone give me some distinctive differences between the two, or what most defines a comedy of manners or romantic comedy? I am studying Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and need some ideas Thanks!


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    Can anyone give me some distinctive differences between the two, or what most defines a comedy of manners or romantic comedy? I am studying Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and need some ideas Thanks!


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    A comedy of manners uses prim, upper-class social behaviors to derive its comedy. It's commonly said that they 'make the real false and the false real'; that is, the audience sees what's behind the characters' social facades, whilst the other characters have to contend with the veneers and manners that cloud and sophisticate how the people in the play really feel. Much of the humour comes from the fact that certain characters are being deceived and mocked by characters whose intentions are known by the audience.

    They're usually chock-full of innuendos and witty language.

    Romantic Comedies are pretty much the same as modern RomCom films - they take a humorous approach to people falling in love, along with all the silliness and heart-fluttery that goes alongside it.

    'Earnest is a great play, and very much plays on the techniques of a comedy of manners - it's a great big farcical satire, mocking Victorian social standards and etiquette. At the same time, it often derives humour from mocking marriage and falling in love, so has elements of romantic comedy (although I wouldn't call the play in general a romcom)


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