It produces vibrations,' and that 'the only really safe name is Ernest. Chasuble, the village rector, who secretly likes her, as well. Jack and Algernon vie to be christened Ernest. Merriman keeps the structure of the plot working: He announces people and happenings. It is later revealed that the boy was in fact Jack.
The dandy pretends to be all about surface, which makes him seem trivial, shallow, and ineffectual. Algernon is brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, and given to making delightful paradoxical and epigrammatic pronouncements. For Jack, having been abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station, this is quite a difficult task. Gwendolen is fixated on the name Ernest and says she will not marry a man without that name Jack's ward, the granddaughter of the old gentlemen who found and adopted Jack when Jack was a baby. She embodies typical Victorian classism; she does not allow Gwendolen to marry Jack when she finds out he is an orphan, and she dislikes Cecily as a mate for her nephew Algernon until she learns that Cecily is wealthy. Lane Algernon's butler delivers a number of droll lines which show that he is far from a passive servant. Despite her rigidity, Miss Prism seems to have a softer side.
What might Wilde be trying to prove through his humor here? Now, he has both money and connections. Algernon lives in luxury in London and has invented an imaginary invalid friend Bunbury whom he visits in the country whenever an unappealing social engagement presents itself. In London, he is known as Ernest. In this text, morality imposes constraints on society, meaning there are certain codes of moral action civilized society is expected to follow. Like Gwendolen, she is obsessed with the name Ernest, but she is even more intrigued by the idea of wickedness.
No further distribution without written consent. There is no faster or easier way to study the major and minor characters from the play. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Algernon is brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, and given to making delightful paradoxical and epigrammatic pronouncements. Her dandiacal qualities make her a perfect match for him. Anyone who needs help learning about the characters from The Importance of Being Earnest will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. When Jack reveals that he has no blood family connections due to the fact that Thomas Cardew found him at Victoria Station in a black 'hand-bag,' Lady Bracknell rejects him as a suitor for Gwendolen.
Chasuble A rector, Chasuble frequently visits Jack's country house to see Miss Prism. The primary settings are the city: London, and the country: Hertfordshire, England. Jack was an orphan baby found in a handbag in the cloakroom of Victoria Station by an old man who adopted him and then made Jack guardian to his granddaughter, Cecily. She is submissive to her mother in public but rebels in private. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback. Jack is an orphan who was adopted by a wealthy man named Thomas Cardew, who is now dead.
You mustn't think that I am wicked. John Jack Worthing A young, eligible bachelor about town. Lady Bracknell is Algernon's aunt trying to find a suitable wife for him. Cecily is imaginative and rather childish. » I haven't yet seen the 2002 theatrical film version of Wilde's classic, perhaps because I can't see how anyone, not even Judi Dench, could improve upon Dame Edith Evans's immortal portrayal of that deathless battle-axe, Lady Bracknell. Both men reveal that they are not the fictional Ernest, but in a strange twist of events, Jack's real name is 'Ernest John. The initials after his name indicate that he is a Justice of the Peace.
Cecily is probably the most realistically drawn character in the play. Like Miss Prism, he is the source of Victorian moral judgments, but under the surface he appears to be an old lecher. However, Cecily has built up an imaginary, romantic picture of Jack's 'brother' Ernest and has fallen in love with him. He escapes country life by pretending to have a brother, Ernest, who continuously gets into trouble in the city and requires his assistance. She is cunning, narrow-minded, authoritarian, and possibly the most quotable character in the play.
Algernon and Jack may create similar deceptions, but they are not morally equivalent characters. That is not very pleasant. Even when Jack tries to trade his agreement to the marriage of Cecily and Algernon in return for her agreement to his match with Gwendolen, she refuses. Despite her rigidity, Miss Prism seems to have a softer side. He is very wealthy, and is the cousin of the woman Jack loves, Gwendolen.
I want to tell you the rules. Miss Prism and others with a huge disregard for rules e. Young and pretty, she is favored by Algernon, who pretends to be Jack's brother Ernest. Lane and Merriman Servants of Algernon and Jack. He is known as Jack in Hertfordshire and known as Ernest in London. The two sets of lovers are thus free to marry.