The Importance Of The Love Triangle In Oscar Wilde's Play
However, even though Gilbert and Sullivan’s play do not share the same beliefs on the love triangle as Wilde’s play, they both produce a similar romantic rivalry.
In both plays, they exaggerate and make previous scenes dramatic as a way to build up to a certain point, where it seems like there will be some sort of romantic rivalry. Instead, something unexpected, and positive always happens. In “The Importance of Being Earnest,” the romantic rivalry builds between Gwendolen and Cecily, as they argue over Ernest. They are both portrayed in the play as two women that are obsessed with this imaginary figure, where Gwendolen explains how she pities “any woman who is married to a man called John” (Wilde 307) and Cecily shares the same beliefs by saying how she pities “any poor married woman whose husband is not called Ernest” (Wilde 332). It is clear that neither woman can be persuaded into marrying a man not named Ernest and by creating two characters that are equally crazy, it slowly builds up tension and suspense, as distance between the two of them decrease and they