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The characters in the play are paired. Compare and contrast Jack and Algernon,

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English Coursework Question The characters in the play are paired. Compare and contrast Jack and Algernon, . Introduction In this Essay I will compare and contrast the characters of Jack and Algernon. I will do this by looking at their behaviour and attitudes towards f food, marriage, women, social class, education and money. I will endeavour to show that these characters are not dissimilar as we might first be led to believe. I will use both the text as well as the modern film version to prove my ideas. Algernon Moncrief lives in an expensive flat located in Half-Moon Street. He is a very emotive character just like Wilde himself. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. We think he is rich, which, however, soon, especially in the modern film version, is proven to be wrong. Right at the start people who he owes money chase him. Also his butler Lane complains about him not paying his lone. Algernon comes from a rich family. His aunt, Augusta Bracknell, is very rich. In order to keep up his live style and his place in society he has to dine with his aunt a fair few times. ...read more.

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We can see Algernon's ideas towards love and marriage throughout the first act and from this knowledge can straight away conclude that he is probably money grabbing. From quote we can however not figure out whether he is really in love or if he is money grabbing. He might love her in a preoccupied way after he realised that she must be fortunate. We are not told how Jack and Gwendolen met, but we know that she was in love with him straight away. I this esay I will compare and contrast the characters of Miss Prism and Lady Bracknell. I will do this by looking at their attitudes and beheivour towards Social class, food, education, marriage and men. Lady Bracknell: Lady Augusta Bracknell is one of the most important characters in the play. She opens up a floodgate of problems and creates the main conflict of the play: the blocking of the marriage between Jack/Ernest and Gwendolyn on the grounds that Jack/Earnest has no proper family, having been left as an infant in a handbag at a railway station. She believes that Cecily must learn to behave like a lady and to accord to the conventions of Victorian society She sees marriage as a financial arrangement. ...read more.

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She thinks it is fashionable to marry someone whose name is Ernest. She says It is a divine name. It has a music of its own. It produces vibrations. The only really safe name is Ernest Cecily Cardew, Jack�s ward It is Cecily who states the major them of the play when saying Algy " I hope you have not leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy". Gwendolyn and Cecily are attracted by the wicked and disreputable backgrounds of Algernon and Jack and are not really interested in who they really are, as long as their name is Ernest. Cecily keeps a diary and in her diary she is already engaged to Algernon(Ernest) months before he has asked her to marry him. On the 14th of February last. "Worn out by your entire ignorance of my existence, I determined to end the matter one way or the other, and after a long struggle with myself I accepted you under this dear old tree here..." Cecily hates education. She does not want to learn and so this shows that she does not want to use or waste it. This can also be shown, as she writtes a diary and says that she does not trust her memory. She likes reading and writing her diary which is like her memory. ...read more.

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