The Importance Of Being Earnest

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The Importance of Being Earnest In the novel, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, different characters achieved their goals by keeping a secret, which is later revealed as the plot thickened. The characters’ secrets eventually turned into lies, causing them to lie to get what one wanted or hide something one wanted to hide. The novel itself relied on lies and secrets to thicken the plot and contribute to the meaning of the novel. The unorthodox way the characters revealed their secrets or lies was fated to happen as all of the characters united together and their secrets became noticeable. Below the many secrets and or lies are explained and revealed, as are the reasons the characters were fated to know the secrets kept amongst them. The secrets and lies told in the novel all revolved around the name Earnest and his life. Jack Worthing told a simple lie concealing his true identity, which he didn’t even know to begin with. Both Algernon and Jack pretended to have a horrible brother, who nonchalantly walked about society. Jack and Algernon had made their brothers up to give themselves an escape route to be someone completely different. Jack took the name Earnest in the city to become a different person and win the girl of his dreams. Algernon took a different name in the country to be an even more bachelor than in the city. After hearing Jack’s secret of having a ward in the country, Algernon goes to meet her and become her husband. These secrets are necessary to the novel because they start the setting and mood of the characters. They also show the characters personality and insignificance of them to have just one identity and personality. As the plot reaches its peak more secrets are being kept such as; Jack’s true identity kept by Miss Prism and Lady Bracknell, the two men’s secrets, as to their fake brothers, and their true identities. The

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