Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest Essay

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Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

Setting: Begins in a flat in London then proceeds to a manor house in the countryside in the late 1800's.
Plot: Two men, John Jack Earnest Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, use the deception [a Bunbury] that both their names were Ernest, in order to secure marriage to the women they love, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Then there is the ultimate unraveling of their lies, which still ends in their impending nuptials.Cast of Key CharactersJohn Jack Ernest Worthing"Bon-vivant" [Jack to Algernon 2] Algernon is asking Jack what brought him to town. Jack has come to town to get away from his responsibilities in the country, his ward Cecily, and to see Gwendolen, whom he wishes to propose
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This is Jack's Bunbury to Algy and there are many more to come. Jack hopes that this lie will discourage any further pursuit of his true relation, guardian, to Cecily. Quote: "Well if you want to know Cecily happens to be my aunt." "Critic" [Jack to Algernon 6] Jack has been trying to satisfy Algy's fanatic questioning for the explanation of the inscription on Jack's cigarette case. Jack has said that he is Ernest in town and Jack in the country. Jack is not named Ernest. It is a phantom brother he has invented.

Jack is going to explain his reason for lying in order to come to town, but he doesn't believe Algernon has a somber personality to comprehend his reasons. Quote: "My dear Algy, I don't know whether you will be able to understand my real motives. You are hardly serious enough.""Martyr" [Jack to Algy 6] Algy has returned the cigarette case to Jack; now, he wishes to hear the reason Jack is Ernest in town and Jack in the country. Jack shows his bunbury to Algy. Jack is Cecily's guardian that is why he is Jack in the country. In order to come to town he has invented a wayward brother named Ernest.

Jack explains his reasons for lying about who Cecily really is and who he is to Cecily. He is essentially her immediate forebear and must keep up social standards. It is his responsibility to guard against any degrading of her values. Jack makes sacrifices to be Cecily's protector. One of his sacrifices is that he must lie in order
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