Importance of Being E(Arnest)

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The Importance Of Being Earnest A trivial comedy for serious people
By Oscar Wilde

Characters:

John(Ernest/Jack) Worthing: tries to be honest; polite; was found in a handbag at Victoria station as a baby; in love with Gwendolen;suitor of Gwendolen; best friend of Algeron; he`s the guardian of Cecily; conscious of his duty, tries to satisfy everyone, intelligent, lives in the countryside,but uses a synonym to get to town(fun,women,…), is Algeron`s brother, rich Algeron Moncrieff(Bunbury): cynical;smart, insidious, Gwendolen is his cousin; Lady Bracknell is his aunt, rich, fallen in love with Cecily, lives in the town,but uses a synonym( Bunbury) to get in the countryside more often, sense of humour(play of words) curious, arrogant, egoist Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax: Lady Bracknell is her mother, is the only daughter of the Bracknell`s, her family is really rich, respected and esteemed; fallen in love with Ernest worthing, is engaged to Ernest, even if her mother forbids her this engagement, young woman, well behaved and educated, innocent, naive, wants to mary a man, called ernest, is living in the town Cecily Cardew: is eighteen years old, she is excessively pretty, she is the ward of Jack(John;Earnest) Worthing, lives in the countryside with Miss Prism, pays no attention to her lessons (German, latin,…), keeps a diary, is really interested in Jack`s brother, called Ernest, even if she has never seen him, writes letters to him, at the end of the story she is engaged to Algeron, naive, impudent, wants to marry a man called Ernest

Themes and Topics:
Love; friendship; cheat; lie; prejudice; the attitude, the live, the situation, the behaviour of the rich people in the nineteenth century; opportunism;sham and shallow; the way how poor people were treated in the nineteenth century, death; engagement and marriage

The author:
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (short form: Oscar...
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