The Importance Of Being Ernest's Search For Personal Civility

analytical Essay
1758 words
1758 words

Everyone is a Bunburyist in their own unique way. Some are more professional than others, some merely treat their Bunbury 's as a convinces of life, but in one way or another every person has a Bunbury. Like actors, the characters in oscar Wilde 's The Importance of Being Ernest search for personal liberty from their own unique circumstances by role play to fulfill their shallow desires. Algernon pursues personal liberty and amusement through Bunbury, Jack pursues the same through Ernest, and Cecily pursues personal liberty and affection through her self-scripted love life. Surrounded by the suppressions of social class and city life, Algernon, or Algy, frequently frees himself from the overbearing societal queen, his Aunt Bracknell, by introducing …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the characters in oscar wilde's the importance of being ernest search for personal liberty from their own unique circumstances by role play to fulfill their shallow desires.
  • Analyzes how algernon, or algy, frees himself from the overbearing societal queen, aunt bracknell, by introducing his imaginary friend, mr. bunbury.
  • Analyzes how algernon is hesitant to sacrifice his mischievous hobby of bunburying.
  • Analyzes how jack, like his comrade algernon, travels to the city under the alias of a troublesome younger brother named ernest, who lives for the pursuit of pleasure.
  • Analyzes how jack realizes the dangers of bunburying from the onset of the play.
  • Analyzes how cecily, jack's ward, searches for her liberation from a routine and monotonous existence by writing love letters from "her dear ernest" and scripting her intercourse of love with her imaginary lover.
  • Analyzes how cecily's bunburying differs from algernon’s or jacks in that she keeps a diary to enter the wonderful secrets of her life.

Though circumstantially different from his friend, Algernon, Jack still struggles under a heavy burden responsibility, but his duty is to his young and beautiful ward Cecily. Presented with these conditions, jack develops the alias of a troublesome younger brother named Ernest, who lives for the pursuit of pleasure. Under this alias, Jack enjoy the shallow pleasures in life, without taking responsibility for he actions of his “brother Ernest” (28), and easier than taking a train back to the country, Jack can return to the role of responsible guardian. In the words of Algernon to Jack, “you have invented a very useful younger brother called Ernest, in order that you may be able to come up to town as often as you like” (6). Jack 's reason 's for Bunburying are quite in alignment with Algy 's. When Algy asks him what brings him to town, Jack cavalierly replies, “Oh, pleasure, pleasure! What else should bring anyone anywhere?” followed by, “When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring” (2). Thought they share the same reasons, Jack 's Bunbury is not “a dreadful invalid” (9), it is an Ernest. Assuming the Alias of a younger brother named …show more content…

In a way, Cecily too has an alias, her Banbury is her Romantic self. In her diary she creates an alternate version of herself, one who suffers the blissful pains of first love, engagement, heartbreak, and remorse. Her strong desire for romantic affection is blatantly obvious, and for this reason she too creates her own characters and follow her own script, and is in her own way an even more professional Bunburyist than either Jack or Algy. A girl of shallow desires, she places great value in the superfluous, such as physical appearance and wonton drama, making statements frequently like, “I know perfectly well that I look quite plain after my german lesson” (21), and “I don 't like novels that end happily. They depress me so much,” (22), and “I have never met any real wicked person before. I am so afraid he will look just like everyone else” (24), and “Oh I don 't think I would care to catch a sensible man. I shouldn 't know what to talk to him about,” (25). Similarly, when she finally sees Ernest, who is in actuality Algernon Bunburying as Jack 's little brother, she immediately falls in love, but her reasons for falling in love are just as superfluous as her fetish desires. In

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