Characters,social commentary and message about society in Wilde's play "The Importance of Being Earnest"
How do the characters change and grow during the course of Wilde's play?
For one, Algy at first does not want to get married. He feels it kills the romance and
ends in divorce. But once he learns about young, pretty Cecily, he wants to meet her
and upon meeting her he is instantly in love and wants to marry. Does he not think that
marring her will kill the romance anymore? Jack grows somewhat from the fact that he
no longer has to make up stories about his family. He finally knows where he came from
and who he really is. Mrs. Bracknell, I think never changed, she is still just as snobbish
as before. She didn't even want to remember the name of Jack's real father.
The characters in the play change a great deal. The character of Algernon Moncrieff
changes drastically. He went from a sinlge bachelor that did not need love to a love sick
fool. His entire thinking of women and marriage changed upon meeting Cecily Cardew.
John Worthing's character did grow some. He was a guy that almost lead a double life
and then he fell in love and wanted his other side, his brother, out of the picture. The
ladies characters especially Cecliy went from a girl to a lady upon meeting Algernon. Lady Bracknell stayed the same and did not change much.
Wilde is making a specific social commentary in his play. What is his message about society?
In this play Wilde is trying to send a message about society to the rich and the poor. He
is saying that no matter what you have or think that you lack society is still going to
judge on what you have and where you came from.
I think the message about society is...
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