Horrified to learn that he was adopted after being discovered as a baby in a handbag at Victoria Station, she refuses him and forbids further contact with her daughter.
Chasuble, to rechristen him "Ernest". During a season at the Haymarket the King and Queen attended a performance,  which, as the journalist Geoffrey Wheatcroft put it, gave the play "a final accolade of respectability.
Even though The Importance of Being Earnest begins in the apartment of a single man, marriage becomes its primary concern quite quickly. Active Themes This discussion leads Lane and Algernon to philosophize about marriage.
I went down twice. Lane looks irresponsible and careless, though he actually did fulfill the duty of getting the cucumbers for the sandwiches. Therefore, Algernon, too, plans for the rectorDr. Chasuble, who put a premium on sobriety and honesty, are either hypocrites or else have the rug pulled out from under them.
William ArcherA. He denied the term "farce" was derogatory, or even lacking in seriousness, and said "It is of nonsense all compact, and better nonsense, I think, our stage has not seen.
Retrieved September 22, Upon learning that Algernon is waiting his aunt and cousin Gwendolen to arrive, Jack reveals that he has come to London to propose to Gwendolen, whom he has been courting. Algernon refuses to consent until Ernest explains why his cigarette case bears the inscription, "From little Cecily, with her fondest love to her dear Uncle Jack.
Thus, Algernon remains the doting nephew rather than appearing selfish and greedy. The relationship between Algernon and his manservant Lane, is ambiguous and funny. The play is set in "The Present" i. Algernon confesses a similar deception: Active Themes Jack confides in Algernon that Mr.
Jack initially denies the existence of Cecily, but Algernon instructs Lane to bring out the cigarette case that Jack left at their last dinner party. Chasuble and Miss Prism—Lady Bracknell complains to her newfound relative: Is marriage so demoralising as that?
The moralism of Victorian society—its smugness and pomposity—impels Algernon and Jack to invent fictitious alter egos so as to be able to escape the strictures of propriety and decency.
Second, Algernon, in his criticism of Lane, is seemingly unaware that he himself is one of the most morally reckless characters in the play as evidenced by his later "Bunburying" and his deception of Cecily Cardew. Discovering them in this intimate exchange, Lady Bracknell interviews Jack as a prospective suitor.
The Nature of Marriage Marriage is of paramount importance in The Importance of Being Earnest, both as a primary force motivating the plot and as a subject for philosophical speculation and debate.
Algernon thinks the servant class has a responsibility to set a moral standard for the upper classes. The impasse is broken by the return of Miss Prism, whom Lady Bracknell recognises as the person who, 28 years earlier as a family nursemaid, had taken a baby boy for a walk in a perambulator baby carriage and never returned.
Algernon did not care for Lane any more than Lane cared for Algernon. At this point Algernon confronts his friend about a woman named Cecily. Are they only mere locutions?Even though The Importance of Being Earnest begins in the apartment of a single man, marriage becomes its primary concern quite quickly.
Lane’s comment juxtaposes Algernon’s lavish bachelor lifestyle, characterized by the overconsumption of champagne and cucumber sandwiches, against the more conservative lifestyle of a married couple.
What is the effect of the interchange between Algernon and Lane? It sets the scene in terms of the large difference in classes. Algernon feels that as a lower class, Lane should “set an example”, suggesting he very much feels it.
In the Oscar Wilde play ''The Importance of Being Earnest,'' Algernon's butler, Lane, and Jack's butler, Merriman, play the part. Additionally, they.
Lane. BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis. Lane is Algernon’s butler—and his comic sidekick in the first scene. Algernon knows his master well and is able to cover for him when, for example, all of Lady Bracknell’s sandwiches disappear.
Which line from The Importance of Being Earnest highlights the divide between the social classes in Victorian society?
"Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them?". D. Lane lectures Algernon about his disrespectful attitude.
A. Algernon holds his servant to an unreasonable standard because he expects the lower classes to be good examples for the upper class. Read the excerpt from Act I of The Importance of Being Earnest.Download