Dramatic Textual Analysis of Oscar Wilds-the Importance of Being Earnest Act 3

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Dramatic Textual Analysis
The Importance of being Earnest
Act 3 Cecily and Gwendolen have just found out that Jack and Algernon had lied to them. They go into the house and make a vow not to be the first to take to them as they enter the house.
Jack and Algernon enter the house and they end up begging for forgiveness. The women forgive them and the two couples fall into each other's arm, then enters lady Bracknell. She is opposed to the idea of Gwendolen and Jack being engaged, but when she hears the Cecily and Algernon are to be engaged she inquires into Cecily's past and fortune and she approvers of her and the engagement The theme's presented in this extract is the theme of love, marriage and social status. When Gwendolen
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Gwendolen is Jacks love interest and she is also of the upper class society. Everyone loves her and she is in love with Jack. But her mother is trying to control her life and the people that she associates with.
Lady Bracknell the character that causes all of the conflict. She walks in on the two couples hugging and then she refuses to give Gwendolen and Jack her blessing and she tries to take her home. She then questions Jack about Cecily and she will only approve of the engagement if Cecily's social status satisfies her.
Merriman is Jacks butler and he announces when people are coming and going. He tries to warn the two couples that Lady Bracknell is entering and he adds to the tension by coughing upon her arrival The Dialogue of the play is of a very proper English Victorian style. The characters talk with an upper class style, which is very formal. In the act Gwendolen and Cecily talk in unison as well as Jack and Algernon. This is when the women are taking control of the relationship and forcing them to say they're sorry. This action of the two couples in unison shows how they both parrel each other's relationship. The play is set in Victorian times so the settings have to be very elaborate to portray the lifestyle that they lived. In Act 3 the characters are at Jacks country manor in the morning room. The morning room is an informal room where family members could relax. The fact the

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