Importance Of Being Earnest Study Guides

  • The Importance of Being Earnest


    In The Importance of Being Earnest, the respectable young Jack Worthing, bored with his upright life in the country as the guardian of his cousin Cecily, often goes to the city under the name Ernest, who he pretends is his wastrel younger brother. When his friend Algy discovers this duplicity, he goes to the country to woo Cecily, all the while pretending to be Ernest. This play mocks both the Victorian obsession with marriage and the upper-class preoccupation with rules and being proper.