Everything you need to understand or teach The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
The Importance of Being Earnest is a very popular play written by Oscar Wilde. In the satire, Algernon and Jack are two young members of the English gentry who pursue their romantic desires dishonestly. Both men want to adopt the name "Ernest," who is Jack's imaginary younger brother. The idea of name changing comes about when Algernon wants to marry Cecily, and Jack wants to marry Gwendolen. However, it just so happens that Cecily and Gwendolen are only interested in marrying men named Ernest!
Act I opens in Algernon's morning-room. His friend "Ernest" arrives and asks about Algernon's cousin Gwendolen. Ernest has every intention of marrying Gwendolen, despite the fact that both Algernon and Gwendolen's mother Augusta Bracknell refuse to entertain the idea. In the conversation between Algernon and his friend during, it becomes clear that "Ernest" is really named Jack and that he has invented a younger...
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