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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde

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Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe explains the main characters in Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Importance of Being Earnest | Characters

Character Description
Jack Worthing Adopted as an infant, Jack Worthing is a rich, young bachelor with no known family; he lives a double life. Read More
Algernon Moncrieff Algernon Moncrieff is a young, pleasure-seeking bachelor from a good family. Read More
Gwendolen Fairfax Gwendolen Fairfax is Algernon's first cousin, Lady Bracknell's daughter, and Jack's beloved. Read More
Cecily Cardew Cecily Cardew is Jack's beautiful 18-year-old ward. Read More
Lady Bracknell Lady Augusta Bracknell is Gwendolen's mother and Algernon's aunt. Read More
Dr. Chasuble Dr. Chasuble is a well-meaning but bumbling clergyman at the parish near Jack's country home.
Lane Lane is Algernon's servant.
Merriman Merriman is the butler at Jack's country home.
Miss Prism Miss Laetitia Prism is Cecily's governess and was (unknown until the end of the play) Jack's nurse before she misplaced him when he was a baby.
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