The Importance of Being Earnest () - Subtitled, “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People,” this play is often considered Wilde’s masterpiece. Based on a misunderstanding over the name “Ernest,” it is an attack on earnestness. 2 THE PERSONS OF THE PLAY JOHN WORTHING, J.P. The Importance of Being Earnest, in full The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, play in three acts by Oscar Wilde, performed in and published in A satire of Victorian social hypocrisy, the witty play is considered Wilde’s greatest dramatic achievement.. Jack Worthing is a fashionable young man who lives in the country with his ward, Cecily Cardew. Plot Overview. Jack Worthing, the play’s protagonist, is a pillar of the community in Hertfordshire, where he is guardian to Cecily Cardew, the pretty, eighteen-year-old granddaughter of the late Thomas Cardew, who found and adopted Jack when he was a versant.us by:
Lady Bracknell asks Jack to reconsider, and he points out that the matter is entirely in her own hands. Lady Bracknell interviews Jack to determine his eligibility as a possible son-in-law, and during this interview she asks about his family background. Meanwhile, Gwendolen arrives, having decided to pay Jack an unexpected visit. However, Lady Bracknell refuses to entertain the notion. At this, Lady Bracknell starts and asks that Miss Prism be sent for. The play ends with both couples happily united.
Algernon tells her he did it in order to meet her. Gwendolen again informs Lady Bracknell of her engagement to Jack, and Lady Bracknell reiterates that a union between them is out of the question. She and Gwendolen are on the point of leaving when Dr. However, Lady Bracknell refuses to entertain the notion. Act 1 Act 2 Act 3.
Themes Motifs Symbols Key Facts. Jack asks what happened to the bag, and Miss Prism says she left it in the cloakroom of a railway station. Algernon tells her he did it in order to meet her. See Article History. Lady Bracknell asks Jack to reconsider, and he points out that the matter is entirely in her own hands. While Jack changes out of his mourning clothes, Algernon, who has fallen hopelessly in love with Cecily, asks her to marry him. In Defense of Daisy Buchanan.