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TCHS Ernest D.S.


Was opened in? 1895
"Importance of Being Ernest" is what type of play? Comedy
Protagonist? Jack Worthing. Discovered in basket by baby.
Secondary Hero? Algernon Moncrieff
Theme? Marriage. The constraints of Morality.
Who wrote "The Importance of Being Ernest"? Oscar Wilde
Hypocrisy vs. Inventiveness = THEME
Symbol: Double Life Bunburying etc...
“Nothing will induce me to part with Bunbury, and if you ever get married, which seems to me extremely problematic, you will be very glad to know Bunbury. A man who marries without knowing Bunbury has a very tedious time of it.” Algernon
“Oh! I am not really wicked at all, cousin Cecily. You mustn’t think that I am wicked.” Algernon
“If you are not, then you have certainly been deceiving us all in a very inexcusable manner. I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.” Cecily
Lady Bracknell: “My nephew, you seem to be displaying signs of triviality.” ______? “On the contrary, Aunt Augusta, I’ve now realized for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.” Jack
Type of Work? Comedy: Play
Time and Place written? Summer 1894 in Worthing, England
Date of first production? February 14, 1895. In part because of Wilde’s disgrace, the play was not published until 1899
Tone? Light, scintillating, effervescent, deceptively flippant
Major Conflict? Gwendolen doesn't know jack's real name
Themes? The nature of marriage; the constraints of morality; hypocrisy vs. inventiveness; the importance of not being “earnest”
Created by: Voshka