Title: The Importance of Being EarnestAuthor: Oscar WildeDate of Publication: 1895 Victorian PeriodGenre: ComedyWriters Style: Repetition, pun’sSetting: City and the Country Plot: Act 1: Algernon greets Jack in his city home, they talk. Jack tells Algernon that he has come into town to propose to Algernon’s cousin; Gwendolen. Algernon refuses to give his consent until Jack clears up the question of who Cecily is. Jack refuses to tell anything until Algernon brings out the smoking case that Jack left last time he was over for dinner. Inscribed on the case is “From Little Cecily to Her dear uncle Jack”. Jack tells Algernon that he has two names, Earnest for the city and Jack for the country. Jack tells Algernon that Cecily is a young woman whom Jack is guardian of. The idea of bunburying is explained when Algernon confesses that he also has an imaginary friend whom he uses to get out of dinner arrangements. Gwendolen and her mother arrive and Jack professes his love to her. She professes love right back mostly due to Jack’s city name, Earnest. Gwendolen clearly states that she could not marry anyone else named any other name.
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