The minister is an intellectual character who speaks in metaphors. He is a "typical" country vicar who refers often to canon law and gives fatherly advice.
For people who know everything are considered the upper class. They are wealthy, pompous, have a stuck-up attitude and feel as if the lower class should be grateful to them for various odds and ends.
People who know nothing are the lower class, the commoners who are viewed as guinea pigs when it comes to marriage and education. There are many satires that Wilde satirizes but mainly upon marriage and education. When Lady Bracknell finds out that her daughter Gwendolen Fairfax has arranged for her own engagement to Ernest, she balks at the indecency.
Jack responds that he knows nothing.
I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance…The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound.
Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. She is a character that Wilde uses to satirize the hypocrisy and stupidity of the British aristocracy. Wilde uses her because she is the most quotable character in the play, for while she tries to be cunning, she ends up giving hilarious pronouncements that make her seem the fool of the play.
Algernon prides himself on being brilliant, witty, selfish at times, amoral, recognizing no duty other than the responsibility to live beautifully and given to making paradox ical and epigrammatic pronouncements that only intend to confuse others around him.
He first makes his statement upon the subject of marriage and the lower class while talking to his maid Lane. They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility.
The restrictions and assumptions of secrecy suggest a strict code of morals that exist within Victorian society that Algernon tends to brush off while Jack wholeheartedly accepts. When Algernon meets Jack, he greets him with a question of what he is doing in town.
No doubt, his lack of interest in marriage stems from his lack of respect for women in general. The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to someone else, if she is plain.
His own views of marriage are lax and uncaring until he meets Cecily, whom he falls madly in love with and would do anything in order to gain her affections and marry her.
Algernon is a stand-in for Wilde himself, who often characterizes men as either being wholly good or wholly evil. Algernon Moncrieff is neither, completely amoral, just enjoying living life to the best of its possibility. While Lady Bracknell wants to become wealthier and Algernon wants to enjoy life to the fullest, Gwendolen Fairfax is a young woman, destined to be married off to a wealthy family but whose only desire is to be loved by a man named Ernest.
Gwendolen, under her own rights, has been pampered and coddled her entire life; therefore she invokes the qualities of conventional Victorian womanhood. There is something in that name that inspires absolute confidence. It has music of its own. Similar to Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen is very outspoken with her feelings about taste and morality.
Yet as a fashionable and sensible woman of the Victorian age, she has a rather demeaning view of the men in the society. She has a very cynical opinion of men, which is understandable considering Lady Bracknell is her mother.
She asks Cecily if she has ever heard of him and Cecily answers with a negative. The home seems to me to be the proper sphere for the man. And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully effeminate, does he not?
It makes men so attractive. Normally, the person that stays at home and takes care of all the domestic responsibilities is the woman, while the person that goes out and works at all hours of the day is the man.
He is the very soul of truth and honour. Disloyalty would be as impossible to him as deception.
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The Importance of Being Ernest Act II Q and A. STUDY. PLAY. The Importance of Being Earnest Act II (Ms. Marks' Test) 21 terms. The Importance of Being Earnest (Act One) 24 terms. The Importance of Being Earnest (Act One Set 2) Features. Quizlet Live. Quizlet Learn. Diagrams. Flashcards. The Importance of Being Earnest Portfolio Assignments This portfolio is to be completed as we read the play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. It consists of questions on the novel and topics mentioned and/or suggested by the novel. In minor roles Gemma Jones and Alec McCowen provide the characters of Prism and Chasable with comic relief, not always the best policy but one which works here. "The Importance of Being Earnest," put on film. By all rights, one might expect it to be the best. The BBC made it .
The Importance of Being Earnest (Act One) 24 terms. The Importance of Being Earnest (Act One Set 2) Features. Quizlet Live. Quizlet Learn. Diagrams. Flashcards. In The Importance of Being Earnest, what leads Algernon to suspect that Ernest/Jack is a Bunburyist? * In The Importance of Being Earnest, the way how Algernon finds out where Jack’s house in the country is located is that he eavesdrops on Jack.
Being a bunburiest is when someone making a fake name in order to impress a woman. The Importance of Being Earnest has long been a favorite play of ours.
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The Importance of Being Earnest Study Guide Questions. STUDY. Explain how three of the following symbols in The Importance of Being Earnest relate to the plot and especially to the characters: cucumber sandwiches, bread-and-butter, the German language, French music and language, bottles of champagne, teacake, muffins, and the capacious.
In minor roles Gemma Jones and Alec McCowen provide the characters of Prism and Chasable with comic relief, not always the best policy but one which works here.
"The Importance of Being Earnest," put on film. By all rights, one might expect it to be the best. The BBC made it .