Retrieved September 13, Both Jack and Algernon approach Dr. In the country, he assumes a serious attitude for the benefit of his young wardthe heiress Cecily Cardew, and goes by the name of John or Jackwhile pretending that he must worry about a wastrel younger brother named Ernest in London.
Gwendolen again informs Lady Bracknell of her engagement to Jack, and Lady Bracknell reiterates that a union between them is out of the question.
On her way out, Lady Bracknell tells Jack that he must find some acceptable parents. He orders a dogcart — a small horse-drawn carriage — to send Algy back to London, but it is too late. However, when Jack and Algernon tell Gwendolen and Cecily that they have both made arrangements to be christened Ernest that afternoon, all is forgiven and the two pairs of lovers embrace.
The living of double lives suggests the strictness of society, and the lengths the members could take to momentarily escape its rigid bounds.
Gwendolen, however, insists she can love only a man named Ernest. However, Jack returns early in mourning clothes claiming that his brother Ernest has died in Paris.
Shrouded in infamy, Wilde died of cerebral meningitis in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. When Jack and Algernon reappear, their deceptions are exposed.
She interrogates Jack and finds him lacking in social status. Jack explains that the christenings will no longer be necessary.
The Reverend Chasuble is relieved of his two christenings that afternoon, and Gwendolen is happy that she is actually going to marry a man named Ernest. Gwendolen is in love with Jack, whom she knows as Ernest.
Jack undergoes a great deal of social mobility prior to the events of the play; however, Bracknell, who represents the rigidness of British aristocracy, is very alarmed that such a man could marry her daughter.
For that purpose, he calls on the local clergyman, the Reverend Canon Chasuble, but Jack precedes him with a like request. Having acquired such respectable relations, he is acceptable as a suitor for Gwendolen after all. What a penetrating critique of high Victorian society this becomes; but rather than being a dull argument or essay, it takes on the body of a hilarious play.
This is just absurd, outrageous and straight to the point.
However, he says he will give his consent the moment Lady Bracknell approves of his marriage to Gwendolen. He is shocked to find Algy there posing as Ernest. Cecily is probably the most realistically drawn character in the play.
Wellsin an unsigned review for the Pall Mall Gazettecalled Earnest one of the freshest comedies of the year, saying "More humorous dealing with theatrical conventions it would be difficult to imagine.
In the city, meanwhile, he assumes the identity of the libertine Ernest. The Victorians judged people on their appearance and their supposed morale character.
She demands to know what is going on. Jack accordingly resolves to himself to be rechristened "Ernest". When Jack and Algernon enter from the garden, the two women confront them. Through this Wilde is demonstrating the ridiculous nature of Victorian morality, and how concerned it is with a perfect societal image.
Thus everything becomes perfectly inverted.Oscar Wilde's madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of /5.
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. It premiered on 14 February at the St. James's Theatre in London. Set in England during the late Victorian era, the play's humour derives in part from characters maintaining fictitious identities to escape unwelcome social obligations/5().
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The The Importance of Being Earnest characters covered include: John (Jack/Ernest) Worthing, J.P., Algernon Moncrieff, Gwendolen Fairfax, Cecily Cardew, Lady Bracknell, Miss Prism, Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D., Lane, Merriman. “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest.Download