The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest - Matthew Mavroides 2/20/08...

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Matthew Mavroides 2/20/08 Drama 9 “The Importance of Being Earnest” “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde is considered to be one of the most famous comedies in the history of theater; subtitled, A Trivial Comedy For Serious People , the play suitably takes the otherwise stiff members of the social elite and places them in a seemingly ridiculous situation. The play starts off with friends Jack Worthington and Algernon Moncriff enjoying their evening in one of Algernon’s flats in the city. In their ordinary world Jack is known to his friends in the city as Ernest, an identity he has invented for his trips into the city, Jack is in love with Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolyn, and she seemingly returns the feeling. However, that world is soon to shatter, during a previous meeting between Jack and Algernon, Jack left a cigarette case that was a present from his ward Cecily. This case is what Algernon uses to force Jack into confessing and explaining his dual personas to his friend. Algernon himself reveals he has created a similar character for his trips into the country called Mr. Bunbury.
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