The Importance of Being Earnest Characters

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Algernon

Algernon is a man in his late twenties. Although he is a member of an important family, he is currently broke and in debt. It is strongly suggested that he is, in fact, bankrupt. He is very cynical and dislikes his family. He falls instantly in love with Cecily. He criticizes Jack for immoral behavior, but he himself pretends to care for an invalid friend in the country by the name of Bunbury. Both of Jack's parents have passed away, and his Aunt Augusta Bracknell visits him often with her daughter Gwendolen. Algernon disapproves of Jack's feelings for Gwendolen, and he does not believe that the feeling is mutual. In a heightened display of hypocrisy, Algernon pretends to be Jack's younger brother Ernest and visits Jack's manor in the country. There, he instantly falls in love with Jack's ward, the young Cecily. He proposes to her. He finds...

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