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The importance of being Ernest. Who is more honest and honourable; Jack or Algernon?

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The importance of being Ernest. Who is more honest and honourable; Jack or Algernon? The characters Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff are both dishonest and dishonourable. They both live a double life. Jack goes by the name of John or Jack in the country and pretends that he has a wastrel brother named Ernest in London who is ill very often and requires his frequent attention. Algernon pretends that he has an invalid friend named Bunbury in the country and whenever he wants to avoid unwelcome social obligations, he ''goes Bunburying'' instead. Jack Worthing is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax who is Algernon's cousin. When he tells her that he loves her she says she loves him too but it is only because his name is Ernest. ...read more.

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Lady Bracknell doesn't like this at all. [Lady Bracknell: Me, sir! What has it to do with me? You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter-a girl brought up with the utmost care-to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel? Good morning, Mr. Worthing!] (Act 1, Page 23, Line 1) Jack really wants to marry Gwendolen and he loves her a lot. When Lady Bracknell interviewed him he could have lied and married Gwendolen, but he didn't, he told the truth. This shows that he does have a bit of honesty and honorability in him. Algernon Lies a lot, more than Jack. Also he doesn't really care about women's feelings and emotions. [Algernon: The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to some one else, if she is plain. ...read more.

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Algernon lies to a young women about almost everything just to get with her and he probably doesn't really love her because he hasn't ever met her before so he couldn't have loved her. Jack on the other hand really did love Gwendolen and truly wanted to marry her. I think to answer the question as to who is more honest and reliable it is going to be Jack, because he looks more serious than Algernon who seems to take everything as a joke and only cares about pleasure and entertaining himself. Also Jack lies much less than Algernon who lies a lot during the play sometimes even about things that you don't have to lie about. Because Jack lies less than Algernon, is more serious and told the truth when Lady Bracknell interviewed him concerning his marriage proposal to her daughter Gwendolen I must say that even though they both are very dishonest and dishonorable the most honest and honorable of them is Jack Worthing. ...read more.

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