Whitney Tessers TMA 202 February 11, 2011 Journal #8 The Importance of Being Earnest -Wilde 1. Consider the title of The Importance of Being Earnest. Within the context of the play, “being earnest” has at least 2 distinct meanings. What are they? (5) One of the many ways “being earnest” could mean within the context of this play is being serious, which is one of the most common meanings of the word. Even more, it could mean “being Earnest”, as in the man Earnest (who was really Jack), found in the play. Gwendolyn focuses so much on marrying a man named “Earnest” and because of this the title could also highlight the importance of being a man named “Earnest”. 2. Does this play seem “real” to you? Does it seem “realistic”? What’s the difference? (5) This play has some “real” qualities to it – mainly the idea of living a double life. I think there are many people who do act differently in different places, or at least wish they could. Even more, I think girls do what Cecily and Gwendolyn did in the play where they fantasize about a
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