A Synopsis of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wild

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A Synopsis of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wild

Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:25 pm

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The Importance of Being Earnest is a play by Oscar Wild which was first performed at the St. James’s Theatre, London on 1895 Valentine’s day (February 14th, 1895). The play featured Jack Worthing, Algernon Moncrieff, Gwendolen Fairfax, Lady Bracknell, Cecily Cardew, The Reverend Canon Chasuble, Miss Prism, Lane and Merriman.

Sorry, it is unusual of me to mention all the characters in a book, but this one is special, the book is sweet beyond measure.

Opening the book is Jack Bracknell, Algernon’s friend who lives a double life, a responsible guardian to Cecily Cardew, a significant landowner, and justice of peace with many employees.

Earnest is a friend of Algernon, and also Gwendolen Fairfax admirer (Algernon’s cousin) (Who he claims he is in love with). Algernon, on the other hand, is a young, wealthy man who has an imaginary sick friend, (perhaps I say deathbed), who goes by the name Bunbury.

Jack and Algernon actually have two things in common, they both have a made up friend or brother they use as an excuse to leave home. Uncle Jack, in his own case, has a black-sheep brother who lives a scandalous life and always gets into trouble and needs Jack's special, which makes him to spends days out of the house. And there is he, Jack parading himself as Earnest in London.

Jack told Algernon Steven his interest in his cousin, Gwendolen, and told him he wants to propose to her. Algernon, who has seen the letter Cecily wrote to Jack, addressing him as “Uncle Jack” and end the letter with “little Cecily” demanded that he need to who is Jack and Cecily and make Jack come plain through his diplomacy.

There comes in Lady Bracknell and her daughter, Gwendolen. Lady Bracknell wouldn’t give room for Jack to complete his mission. Thanks to Algernon who distracted her and took her to another room. Jack was happy to realize Gwendolen reciprocate his feeling and accepted his proposal. However, he was confused when she said he can only marry someone whose name is Earnest.

Lady Bracknell didn’t want to approve of Jack because he was adopted after being discovered as a baby in Victoria station. During the cause of the interrogation, Lady Bracknell asked for his country’s address which Algernon writes down on his shirt cliff.

Algernon in return went to Jack’s house and introduced himself as Jack’s brother, Earnest. He also falls in love with Jack’s sister Cecily and proposed to her. He was surprised when Cecily said they were already engaged already and they been dating for a long time. He was also surprised the girl wants to marry someone whose name is Earnest.
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Re: A Synopsis of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wild

Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:55 am

Well done pal
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Re: A Synopsis of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wild

Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:56 am

Continuation of The Synopsis of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wild


Gwendolen went to Jack house to give him an unexpected visit, Cecily offers her tea. The two had no idea of each other existence, as Gwendolen want to see Earnest, and Cecily thought she was refereeing to her own Earnest (sorry, she taught she was referring to Algernon) The two has a discord before Algernon and Jack came to the limelight. The two girls discovered they have been deceived, and want to break up. They both want to marry someone whose name is Earnest. The two friends need to be rechristened to Earnest to be qualified to marry the girls they love, so they promised to be rechristened.


Lady Bracknell was astonished to be told that Algernon and Cecily are engaged, but she later agreed when she knew the asset Cecily possessed. Confusion occurred when Jack insisted that he won't allow Cecily to marry Algernon unless lady Bracknell support his relationship with Gwendolen.

The triviality ended when miss Prism arrived and declared Jack has the missing the child found in Victoria station. She explained how he got misplaced, and also she made it clear that Jack is the son of lady Bracknell's late sister and thus Algernon brother. On hearing this Lady, Bracknell accepted him has Gwendolen suitor.
Gwendolen insisted that she would only marry someone bearing Ernest. Lady Bracknell informed Jack to take his father's Christened name which eventually turned out to be Ernest.
Pretense became a reality. The two couples were joined together.
The play ended when Jack said " I have now realized for the first time in my life the
importance of being earnest".
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Re: A Synopsis of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wild

Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:22 pm

OlufolakeClara wrote:
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:55 am
Well done pal

Thank you dear. Seems I also need to be rechristened to Earnest. Guess that is also part of your requirement?
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