Essay on The Importance Of Being Earnest : Honesty Vs. Lies

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The Importance of Being Earnest: Honesty vs. Lies
“The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde was first played in 1895 at the St James’s Theatre in London. The major theme that the play revolves around is trivial notions that critical institutions like marriages are being shown. In other words, it was a satire of the Victorian ways. The play is a farcical comedy, and the protagonists of the play employ made-up personalities to escape their lives. The lies they made and their fictitious personalities cause them to live double lives, especially Jack who was also known as “Ernest” in London. The play culminates humor where there is a twist in the ending, but it is evident that the play’s plot was built upon the theme of honesty vs. lies. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the text primarily basing on this theme.
As the text progresses into the various acts, it is indeed evident from the fictitious persona that Jack had created was to evade the boring life he had as a major landowner in Hertfordshire. In this particular location, he is known as Jack, which he believes to be his real name. He claims to have a brother named “Ernest” whom he had imagined so that he could escape his painfully boring life. The first instance of truth and honesty in the life of Jack Worthing is when he was confronted by Algernon Moncrieff, who was the brother of the woman he loved, Gwendolen Fairfax. After finding a box with the inscriptions “Uncle Jack”…

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