Deception In The Importance Of Being Ernest By Oscar Wilde

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People are always lying and deceiving in order to have more fun and enjoy their lives. In the play “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde, shows many deceptions throughout the play. The main characters in the play are Algernon, and Ernest (Jack). Algernon is friends with Ernest Worthing. Ernest real name is Jack. Jack is used in the country because his life is boring. He is a responsible guardian of a young pretty girl named, Cecily. This caused Jack to make up a story that he has a younger brother named Ernest, who lives in the town. Jack takes the name of Ernest and goes partying around town. The reason why the characters in The Importance of Being Ernest deceive and lie is to get out of social and family duties. These characters …show more content…
Algernon makes up a friend named, Bunbury. He can escape from the city when he wants to. “I have invented an invaluable permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to go down into the country whenever I choose. Bunbury is perfectly invaluable. If it wasn 't for Bunbury 's extraordinary bad health, for instance, I wouldn 't be able to dine with you at Willis 's to-night (Act 1 Lines 252-257).” Bunbury is Algernon’s form of Ernest. He uses Bunbury to get out of family responsibilities. Algernon uses deceit like Jack to prevent going to boring and unpleasant situations, instead they create exciting and enjoyable events for themselves. This deception impacts the action in the play because now they can have more fun and be with their love ones. This deception impacts them by not being able to marry Gwendolen and Cecily because those names are not their real names. They use deception to hold their social pursuit. This deception impacts the theme of the play because deception happens throughout the play and happens to other characters in the play. Deception is used in the play to show ways to get out of …show more content…
Algernon plays as Ernest and goes meet with Cecily. Cecily makes up a story about their engagement. Cecily says that they been engaged for three months and that they have broken and engaged again. “On the 14th February last… long struggle and I accepted you under this old tree here…in this box in which I keep all your dear letters (Act 3 pg.42-43).” Algernon believes in the story because he does not really know anything about Ernest engagement with Cecily. Cecily also believes how excited Algernon is with the engagement. Cecily makes up this story in order for Algernon (Ernest) to be engage with her. Algernon pretends to be Ernest to engage to Cecily. Jack also uses Ernest to be engaged with Gwendolen. Jack and Algernon both are deceiving throughout the play. This deception impacts the action of the play because Cecily and Gwendolen ends up meeting each other and talk about both being engaged with Ernest. When Algernon and Jack meets with them, they tell the truth to them. This deception impacts the theme of the play because they are both deceiving to get out of the situation they are in, but this all comes around at the end of the play where they have to tell the

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