The Importance of Being Earnest Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Several of the characters in The Importance of Being Ernest rely upon fiction to live their lives as they would like.

Part 1.) Describe Algernon's relationship with Bunbury. How does he use his "friend" to avoid unpleasant situations?

Part 2.) Compare Jack's relationship with Ernest to Algernon's with Bunbury? How are his motivations for having a fake associate different? Are his methods more complex?

Part 3.) Compare both Jack and Algernon's fictional associates with Cecily's fantasy life from her diary. How are her motivations and methods different from the men's?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following three options to write about:

1.) To what extent has Cecily always been at the beck and call of authority figures from Thomas Cardew to Miss Prism. Write three paragraphs about her subjugation to three separate masters and how her diary undermines this control.

2.) Do you think that Gwendolen is an inherently rebellious...

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