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September 12, 2005

Jack's change

Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Algernon. By the way, did you tell Gwendolen the truth about you being Ernest in town, and Jack in the country?

Jack. My dear fellow, the truth isn't quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl. What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a woman.

This strikes me as humurous. Jack up untill this point Jack seems to be the sensible one when it comes to women. Algy, doesn't even seem to acknowlege love, and yet Jack is so "in love" with Gwendolen. By the end of the play, Jack's attitude totally changes. I wonder if that is because he feels like he has a fresh start?

Posted by AndrewLoNigro at September 12, 2005 12:46 AM


Isn't is interesting that the characters choose to use the town and the country as contrasting landscapes? There is more freedom to do as one pleases in the country, where as, in the city one must abide by laws.

And isn't it even more amusing that neither Alge nor Jack was earnest at any locality?

Posted by: Katie Aikins at September 12, 2005 03:09 PM

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