The Hunger and Humour of Algernon

Topics: Romance, Love, Marriage Pages: 3 (885 words) Published: October 16, 2007
The hunger and humor of Algernon

When Oscar Wilde wrote The Importance of Being Earnest he gave birth to a wonderful character named Algernon Moncrieff. In this essay we will see how the appetites of this character add to the humor of this play. To analyze this we will look at his character traits. Algernon's traits of gluttony, dishonesty, romance and wit hive us delightful humor throughout the play. As a glutton, Algernon puts his appetite first and people second. In the beginning of the play, he has cucumber sandwiches put out on a tray for his Aunt Augusta, who will be arriving soon. Knowing that these are for his Aunt Augusta, Algernon begins to eat the sandwiches. When Jack try's to eat one, Algernon interferes stating they are ordered specially for his Aunt. After that he continues to eat them all. Later in the play at Jacks country manor, Jack confronts Algernon about his behavior with Cecily and his Bunburying. Instead of getting agitated, Algernon just calmly eats the muffins that are on the table. When Jack tries to stop him, he snatches the muffins back and continues to eat them as if nothing else mattered. After this Jack asks Algernon to leave and go back to the city. Knowing that he is not wanted, Algernon simply states that he cannot leave until he has eaten dinner first. In the play, Algernons hunger is not left to food alone.

Another hunger he has is having fun. Algernon uses dishonesty to add more fun and excitement into his life. When Aunt Augusta asks for a cucumber sandwich, Algernon goes to the table to get them. Knowing that there will be none, he acts surprised when he sees the empty tray. Algernon then acts as though he is distressed by until his aunt tells him that it does not matter. Another device that Algernon uses for fun is an invalid friend named Bunbury. Whenever Algernon wants to get out of town, he says that he is going to visit Bunbury who is in need of his company. He also uses Bunbury as an excuse to get out of dinner...
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