The Importance of a double life in The Importance of Being Earnest

analytical Essay
576 words
576 words

The Importance of Being Earnest, written by Oscar Wilde, is a novel about two friends who lead double lives. Throughout the novel, the reader sees both sides of John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff’s personalities. Both characters exhibit a serious upper class personality in one setting but also have a completely different personality that allows them to be more carefree and pleasure-seeking. Ultimately Worthing & Moncrieff’s double lives allow them to express different sides of themselves and in turn discover their true selves. The main character of the story is John Worthing, a Justice of the Peace in Hertfordshire where he owns a country estate. In his country estate, John is force to uphold a respectable and serious demeanor because of his position in society. To escape this serious life, Jack creates his fake brother named Ernest. John, nicknamed Jack, describes his reasoning for his fake brother by saying that because of his position as a guardian to a Miss Cecily Cardew he “has to adopt a very high moral tone on all subjects [...] and a high moral tone can hardly be said ...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how jack's best friend, algernon moncrieff, creates a double life in london, and uses the name ernest in an attempt to meet cecily cardew.
  • Analyzes how ernest and algernon moncrieff's double lives allow them to express a personality that they aren't usually able to show.
  • Explains wilde, oscar, and sylvan barnet's the importance of being earnest: and other plays.
  • Analyzes how oscar wilde's the importance of being earnest is a novel about two friends who lead double lives.
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