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The Importance of Being Earnest(Summery)

  • Date Submitted: 02/23/2015 07:44 AM
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The story revolves around two wealthy gentlemen Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff. Jack Worthing is a seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, where he has a country estate and lives with his young ward Cecily, he is known as uncle Jack pretending that he has a very weak brother Ernest. In London he is properly known as Ernest. He uses this name as pretext for going up to London and enjoying there.
Algernon is a charming, idle young man, a nephew of Lady Bracknell, cousin of Gwendolen Fairfax, and best friend of Jack Worthing. He lives in luxury in London. Algernon is brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, and always makes delightful paradoxical and epigrammatic pronouncements. He has invented a fictional friend, “Bunbury,” an invalid friend whom he visits in the country in order to avoid unpleasant or dull social obligations.
Jack wants to marry Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen, who is sophisticated, intellectual and   pretentious young woman,   fixated on the name Ernest. That’s why maybe for this reason Jack has chosen the name of Ernest. To marry Gwendolen he must first convince Lady Bracknell, who is   a snobbish, mercenary, and domineering Gwendolen’s mother, of the respectability of his parents. But Lady Bracknell can’t approve this marriage after learning that   Jack Worthing   was discovered in a handbag in the cloakroom of Victoria Station by an old man who adopted him.
After learning that Jack is the guardian of a very charming, ingenuous and unspoiled girl Cecily Cardew, Algernon visits Jack’s house in the country and introduces himself to Cecily as Ernest, knowing that Cecily is already fascinated by uncle Jack   tales of Ernest's wickedness. He further wins her favour and they become engaged.   Shortly after, Jack arrives home announcing Ernest’s death because he wants to be through with his double life.
The story reaches it’s climax when Gwendolen arrive in Hertfordshir. This sets off a series of...


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