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Importance of being Earnest

Final exam for english class

lara teich

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Transcript of Importance of being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde
67 pages

The Importance of Being Earnest
Representative Illustration
Final Technology project
Presented by Lara Teich
to Mrs. E.C. Martinez
Advanced 8th English, may 15th, 5th period
Challenging Vocabulary
appeal to the tender emotions, as in literature, art, or music
something that one excels in, a strength
destroy the morale of, meaning destroy one's courage, discipline, or spirit
for the particular or specific purpose
in the context of my novel, this means to have tastes, traits, or certain habits.
having regard to utility, not beauty
being charitable or giving
to move to a new country
very romantic or chivalrous.
large, ample, spacious.
Corresponding Song:
Tell me Lies
Lady Rodney
Thomas Gainsborough
first painting
Second Painting
School of Athens
Raffael Raffaello Santi
Third Painting
Lady in a Garden
Edmund Blair Leighton
of Zia Middle School Staff
John Worthing: Mr. Sandoval
Algernon Moncrieff: Mr. Romero
Reverend Chasuble: Mr. Milner
Merriman: Mr. Monsimer
Lane: Mr. Johnson
Lady Bracknell: Mrs. C. Martinez
Cecily Cardew: Ms. Salopek
Gwendolyn Fairfax: Miss Martinez
Miss Prism: Mrs. Kingery
Earnest Sonnet
I read a comedy by Oscar Wilde
It was romantic but also amusing
For the injected humor was not at all mild
And at times the humor was also confusing.

The story involves two lying brothers
Though at first they don't know that they are kin
Both men love a relation of the other's,
But to meet their love, great tales they must spin.

The characters are highly affected
By society and their very own pride
Wilde has his writing technique perfected,
For what happens next is for the reader a ride.

A wonderful story, this comedy is,
But now it is time for a little pop quiz!
is Jack (Ernest) Worthing
is Lady Bracknell
The Protagonist of the play, "the Importance of being Earnest", is Jack (Ernest) Worthing. He goes through the Hero's Journey from when he's lying to his friends to when Jack is a charming, romantic partner for Gwendolyn. He does go through some change to become the hero in the end that also becomes the title of the play, when he finally realizes the "Importance of being Earnest."
The Antagonist of the play, "The Importance of being Earnest" is the prideful Lady Bracknell. All of the characters in the play dislike her for some reason, and Ms. Prism is afraid Lady Bracknell. Jack calls her a "Gorgon", which alludes to Medusa and her sisters in Greek mythology (Wilde, 16). She also causes the main conflict by not allowing her daughter Gwendolyn and Jack to get married.
first memorable quote
"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."

-page 16
"The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means."

-page 23
Thank you!
"In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing."

-page 51
representative Illustration:
book review
"Gwendolyn: Your town address at the Albany I have. What is your address in the country?
Jack: The Manor house, Woolton, Hertfordshire."

sources continued
sweet little lies
: You Tube
Lady Rodney:
School of Athens, (cropped):

Lady in a Garden:
While reading "The Importance of Being Earnest", a comedy play by Oscar Wilde, one learns a great deal on society from other's points of view. However, Wilde does tend to add humor that may offend some readers.

The story takes place in England in 1895, and the first scene happens in Algernon Moncrieff's flat, in his living room. Algernon is musing with his butler Lane about marriage when Ernest, a friend of Algernon, comes to visit with the news that he has decided to propose to Gwendolyn. She is Algernon's cousin, and the proposal is to happen when she and her mother, Lady Bracknell come to see Algernon. Algernon disapproves but agrees to help lure Lady Bracknell away for the time that Ernest plans to propose. When Ernest confesses his love to Gwendolyn, he is surprised to find that not only does she love him as well, she loves him because his name is Ernest. He starts to propose, but then Lady Bracknell interrupts and sends Gwendolyn away so that she can interrogate Ernest to test his worthiness, (ironically his last name is Worthing). Unfortunately, Lady Bracknell does not approve of Ernest because he does not know who his family is, for he was found in a handbag at the railway station.
book review continued
Meanwhile, Algernon learns of Ernest's ward Cecily, and decides to meet her. Algernon knows that Ernest goes by the name of Jack in the country, so Algernon decides to play the role of Jack's wicked brother Ernest. Upon meeting Cecily, Algernon (Ernest) falls in love with her and proposes. Cecily loves him as well, but says that she could love none other than someone by the name of Ernest, so Algernon hurries off to be Christened. Gwendolyn appears, and the two girls make small talk until Cecily confesses she is engaged to a man named Ernest Worthing. Gwendolyn disagrees, for she is engaged to a man of that same name. Ernest, (Jack) appears in mourning clothes and says his brother has died. Gwendolyn is relieved to know that this Ernest is her own, but Cecily says that this is Uncle Jack. If this isn't enough climactic chaos, Algernon appears and Cecily discovers the truth as well. She and Gwendolyn scornfully leave. Jack is naturally furious about Algernon's being at his home, so they argue for some time before confronting the girls. After listening to the mens' pathetic explanations, the ladies grant them forgiveness for their lies and deceit. For the falling action of this story, Lady Bracknell appears and upon seeing Miss Prism, Cecily's governess, gets furious and demands to know where the baby is. She explains that 28 years ago, miss Prism lost Lady Bracknell's sister's baby. After some investigation on Jack's part, he finds that HE was that baby! Now everyone lives happily ever after.
book review continued
The Main character, 'Jack', Ernest Worthing, is very well developed and the the reader is empathetic to him throughout the story with his struggles. First Ernest is not allowed to wed Gwendolyn, his true love, because he doesn't know who his family is. The readers are anguished at this injustice just like Ernest. Then he must tolerate Algernon when he comes to visit so that he doesn't upset Cecily. Now the reader feels infuriated. At the Climax, Ernest feels shame in having his lies caught but also glee in seeing Algernon's lies caught as well. When Ernest finally convinces Lady Bracknell to allow him to wed Gwendolyn, the reader as well as Ernest rejoice. He learns of the "Vital importance of being Earnest" and the reader learns the theme of "the truth will always come out". (Wilde, 67)

This is truly and excellent piece of literature, I highly recommend it, for it is Wilde's greatest play, and he wrote many. This book is worth reading, and the reader not only learns about life in that time period but also learns of people's opinions of each other in Society, and it brings out the prejudices we have.
definitions: http://dictionary.reference.com/
The Importance of Being Earnest
at the Black box Theater
Theme: the Truth will come out
While reading "The Importance of Being Earnest", a comedy play by Oscar Wilde, one theme stands out when Emotion, Climax, and Dialogue are analyzed. One supporting literary element is Emotion. When Gwendolyn and Cecily discover that they are not engaged to anyone Jack is "slow" and "hesitating" to explain to them why and how (Wilde, 46). This is because he is inexperienced in speaking the truth. Another tool Wilde used is the plot of the Climax. The climax happens when all of the truth spills out-everything, how Jack lied to ignore responsibility and how Algernon lied to meet Cecily (Wilde, 45). Surprisingly, the ladies still forgive the men for all of the deceit they set up. Dialogue is also used to express theme. In the end, Jack says he has discovered the "Vital Importance of Being Earnest," (Wilde, 67). In other words, Jack has learned that it is best to be truthful, because lies are always caught. All of these literary elements support the theme of the "truth will always come out."
Jack's proposal to Gwendolyn
Gwendolyn meets Cecily
After the truth comes out
Tone: Mocking
Upon the exploration of the Character's actions, Lady bracknell's husband requirements, and the characters desires, a reader of the play, "The Importance of Being Earnest" By Oscar Wilde, can interpret tone with ease. The first and most prominent tool Wilde uses is the wealthy character's actions. Algernon, a young man who dreams of living entirely for pleasure, goes off "Bunburying", as he puts it, to enjoy himself and lose all responsibility (Wilde, 5). While the middle class is working extremely hard to stay alive and to eat, Algernon is frivolously Bunburying and missing all sorts of family suppers. He's not he only one; as Lady Bracknell gossips endlessly and Jack constantly lies. Lady Bracknell also displays extreme greed, stereotypical of all the rich. She interrogates Jack to see if he is suitable for Gwendolyn to marry, but Lady Bracknell doesn't look for personality, she looks for wealth, style, and an "aristocratic name" (Wilde, 14). This mocks the selfishness of the rich, and this is how Wilde connected with his audience, he was just like them: scrambling to put food on the table. Another literary element used to convey a mocking tone is the character's desires. Truly, what do they all want? A wealthy wife to bring more money to the family? That is quite shallow, and once again Wilde mocks the rich. With the use of character's actions, husband qualities, and character's desires, a mocking tone stands out from the story.
Black box Theater Pictures:
From Peter Herman
Theme artwork:
Tone Image:
Book Bibliography
The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

A Bantam Classic

Oxford, England

first edition, 1899
Symbol: Food
When reading "The Importance of Being Earnest," by Oscar Wilde, it appears there are no symbols! However, upon examining different Acts separately, one determines that this novel has the prominent symbol of Food. In the first act, Algernon prepares tea for Aunt Augusta, expressly including cucumber sandwiches. However, as his discussion with Jack becomes intense, Algernon does not realize he devoured all of them until Aunt Augusta arrives, demanding cucumber sandwiches. Algernon is "horrified" and extremely guilty, and food has played its part. Food incites conflict yet again with Gwendolyn and Cecily. After Gwendolyn states that sugar in tea is "not fashionable" and cake isn't seen in the "best houses," Cecily fills Gwendolyn's tea with sugar and serves her cake. The two women had been subtly insulting each other prior, but now Gwendolyn doesn't hide her rage. This time it's tea and cake, but food lead to this open strife. Another time food agitates the characters is when Algernon and Jack are arguing after the climax, after both of their lies have been caught. Algernon is meanwhile consuming all of Jack's muffins, which Jack takes as an insult. The muffins lead to their intense conflict, so Food is the ultimate agitator for this play.
Symbol images:
cucumber sandwiches:
tea and cake:
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