In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, the two characters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, represent sense and sensibility, respectively. In Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, the character, Gwendolyn represents conventional Victorian womanhood while Cecily represents the exact opposite. To compare and contrast these two pair of characters, we’ll analyze how the demands and requirements of courtship dominate their attention and their interactions with others.
The two main characters in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest are Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax, who believe the word earnest represents passion and power, a man with this name is the only man fit for either of them. Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, the protagonists in the play and the men both women believe to be named Earnest, get themselves into interesting positions. The men pretend to be someone that they are not and lie to the women about being named Earnest, but eventually the truth is exposed.
Elinor and Marianne are two very connected sisters who have a major social burden: Their estate has been entailed to a relative and the only way women in their day and time would obtain any right or property would be through marriage. Marriage, however, often did not come for love but for the merging of family fortunes. Unfortunately for Elinor and Marianne, however, they did not have a fortune, and their chances of "marrying well" are limited.
The character of Marianne is that of an independent woman who wants to find love and prefers to abstain from social norm. She is fiery, and she...