Preview — The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde “I never travel without my diary. “All women become like their mothers. “To lose one parent, Mr. “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. “If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.”
In The Importance of Being Earnest , Algernon represents a modern mindset toward marriage because he is skeptical about the happiness of couples in marriage and has fears about committing to one woman—unlike Jack, who holds more traditional nineteenth-century views on marriage .
As such, when Algernon claims in these lines that the ” lower orders ” ought to set the good example for the upper class, he is making a claim that is precisely the opposite of the common wisdom of the age.
What a lesson for him ! I trust he will profit by it . CHASUBLE. Jack Worthing tells Doctor Chasuble and Miss Prism about the death of his brother Ernest, and they express conventional condolences, including comments on the evil ways of the deceased.
The Constraints of Morality Morality and the constraints it imposes on society is a favorite topic of conversation in The Importance of Being Earnest . Algernon thinks the servant class has a responsibility to set a moral standard for the upper classes.
A Bunburyist is anyone who conveniently invents a troubled friend or family member requiring frequent support that can easily be invoked by the good
The Importance of Being Earnest Symbols Town and Country. In The Importance of Being Earnest one’s residence is a key signifier of one’s social standing and sophistication. Bunbury. Ernest . Tea Service. Food. The Dandy. Orphans and Wards. Christenings.
Jack uses his alter-ego Ernest to keep his honorable image intact. Ernest enables Jack to escape the boundaries of his real life and act as he wouldn’t dare to under his real identity.
The Importance of Being Earnest reveals the differences between the behavior of the upper class and that of the lower class . Members of the upper class display a great deal of pride and pretense, feeling that they are inherently entitled to their wealth and higher social position.
The line by Algernon is very ironic considering his logic of the lower classes having the set an example for the upper class when the expectation is usually a reversal of that where the pinnacle of society are expected to set an example for the lower classes.
How is the conflict between Gwendolen and Cecily resolved ? Cecily reveals that the man Gwendolen is engaged to is really her guardian, Jack Worthing. Once the two women discover that they have been deceived, they unite and turn against the men.
After Jack goes into the house, Algernon announces he is in love with Cecily . She tells Algernon that her dream has always been to marry someone named Ernest because the name inspires such confidence. So, like Jack, Algernon decides he must be re-christened Ernest.
Algernon tells Lady Bracknell of his engagement to Cecily , prompting her to inspect Cecily and inquire into her social connections, which she does in a routine and patronizing manner that infuriates Jack. As soon as she consents to his marriage to Gwendolen, Cecily can have his consent to marry Algernon .