Oscar

Wilde

Author: Oscar Wilde Setting: Begins in a flat in London then proceeds to a manor
house in the countryside in the late 1800\'s. Plot: Two men, John Jack Earnest

Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, use the deception [a Bunbury] that both their
names were Ernest, in order to secure marriage to the women they love, Gwendolen

Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Then there is the ultimate unraveling of their lies,
which still ends in their impending nuptials. Cast of Key Characters John Jack

Ernest Worthing "Bon-vivant" [Jack to Algernon 2] Algernon is asking

Jack what brought him to town. Jack has come to town to get away from his
responsibilities in the country, his ward Cecily, and to see Gwendolen, whom he
wishes to propose marriage. In order to do this he has committed the Bunbury
that he has come to see his brother, Ernest, who doesn\'t exist. He wishes to
enjoy the pleasures before attending to his guardian duties. Quote: "When
one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other
people. It is excessively boring." "Curmudgeon" [Jack to Algernon

3] Jack has come to propose to Gwendolen. Which is the express reason behind his
lying about his name being Ernest. Algy feels that is business not pleasure.

Jack thinks it is utterly unromantic. Algernon says he will forget about romance
when he is married. Though Algy doesn\'t know it yet when he sees Cecily he will
shed this view. Jack feels that the view Algernon has, others do also and that
is what causes the dissolution process to be born. Jack is generalizing his
cynical view of unromantic people. Quote: "The divorce court was specially
invented for people whose memories are so curiously constituted."
"Architect" [Jack to Algy 3] Algy has said it is distasteful the way

Gwendolen and Jack flirt with each other. This prompts Jack to state his
romantic intentions toward Gwendolen. Jack has a specific goal, which is to
marry Gwendolen. This is his sole purpose for coming to town. Jack is so intent
on marrying Gwendolen he has created a bunbury, the phantom brother Ernest, in
order to see her. He also lies that his name is Ernest. Quote: "I am in
love with Gwendolen. I have come to town expressly to propose to her."
"Conniver" [Jack to Algernon 4] Algernon is trying to found why there
is an inscription of the name Cecily on Jacks lighter. Jack creates the lie that

Cecily is his aunt when in actuality she is his ward. The lie beings to unravel
here because Algernon continues to question Jack. This is Jack\'s Bunbury to Algy
and there are many more to come. Jack hopes that this lie will discourage any
further pursuit of his true relation, guardian, to Cecily. Quote: "Well if
you want to know Cecily happens to be my aunt." "Critic" [Jack to

Algernon 6] Jack has been trying to satisfy Algy\'s fanatic questioning for the
explanation of the inscription on Jack\'s cigarette case. Jack has said that he
is Ernest in town and Jack in the country. Jack is not named Ernest. It is a
phantom brother he has invented. Jack is going to explain his reason for lying
in order to come to town, but he doesn\'t believe Algernon has a somber
personality to comprehend his reasons. Quote: "My dear Algy, I don\'t know
whether you will be able to understand my real motives. You are hardly serious
enough." "Martyr" [Jack to Algy 6] Algy has returned the
cigarette case to Jack; now, he wishes to hear the reason Jack is Ernest in town
and Jack in the country. Jack shows his bunbury to Algy. Jack is Cecily\'s
guardian that is why he is Jack in the country. In order to come to town he has
invented a wayward brother named Ernest. Jack explains his reasons for lying
about who Cecily really is and who he is to Cecily. He is essentially her
immediate forebear and must keep up social standards. It is his responsibility
to guard against any degrading of her values. Jack makes sacrifices to be

Cecily\'s protector. One of his sacrifices is that he must lie in order to see

Gwendolen, whom he doesn\'t see as often as he would like. Quote: "When one
is placed in the position of guardian, one has to adopt a very high moral tone
on all subjects. It\'s ones duty...." "Dreamer" [Jack to Gwendolen

10] Jack is attempting to ask for Gwendolen\'s hand in marriage. Gwendolen
declares her passion for him and her wishes that he had shown more