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When you compare the two works of Oscar Wilde, The Portrait of Dorian Gray and The
Importance of Being Earnest, we realize certain similarities in the writing. The Portrait of
Dorian Gray, is a story about a young man who is very influential. Dorian Gray listens to Lord
Henry Wotton when he is upset and needs advice on what direction he needs to take. That
quality leads to His downfall ultimately his death. The play, The Importance of Being Earnest, is
a story about The development of Jack's personality. At first he is not as far developed as
Algernon, but soon Catches up and finds the love of his life Gwendolen Fairfax. Both the
characters and the plot are Developed/advanced though the suggestions of other significance
members of the story.
Lady Bracknell is the most influential character in The Importance of Being Earnest. She
Is both higher in social status and obviously older. She has more wisdom and is therefore is able
To give good advice to Jack about his engagement. Most of her questions/conversations begin in
A personal matter. When characters do not have certain responses to her questions, are given
Short harsh answers, or she uses her education to simply bore them until the subject has
changed. Acting as Gwendolen's mother, When in a discussion about Jack's possible
engagement she makes it clear that he will not continue in the engagement with her daughter
until he can prove that his parents are alive. "you can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell
would dream of allowing our own daughter- a girl brought up with the most care - to marry into
a cloakroom, and from an alliance with a parcel?" (P.21).
Basil begins painting the picture, but does not tell anyone about it, including Dorian,
because he knows that there is too much of himself in it. Lord Henry discovers the painting and
asks Basil why he will not display it. Lord Henry thinks that it is so beautiful it should be
displayed in a museum. Basil argues that the reason he will not display the painting is because
he is "afraid that [he] has shown in it the secret of his soul" (P.23). This is another paradox
because he has not only shown the secret of his soul, but the painting eventually comes to show
the secret of Dorian's soul also. Basil realizes that he has not concealed himself in the painting
and therefore feels the painting is not worth anything. After Lord Henry sees the painting, he
asks to meet Dorian. Basil says that would not be good because his "influence would be bad" (P.
31). Basil is correct in saying this because Lord Henry is the main person who helps Dorian to
destroy himself. Lord Henry disregards Basil's request and meets Dorian anyway. This is the
beginning of the end for both Dorian and Basil because Lord Henry's influence pollutes Dorian.
Lord Henry taunts Dorian and continues to remind him of all the sin that is building up and that
even though his body is not aging, he convinces him that his soul is deteriorating fast.
When the plot develops the main point of conflict is that neither man is really named
Earnest, a name both women insist on as the only acceptable name for a husband. Jack and
Algernon both volunteer to be christened with that name. Which makes Gwendolen and Cecily
very happy. Lady Bracknell arrives, having followed her daughter Gwendolen to prevent
mischief. Cecily is introduced to her as Algernon's fiancÚ, but Lady Bracknell rejects the
engagement until she hears that Cecily is "heiress" to Algernon's fortune. Lady Bracknell
continues to objecting to Jack's marriage to Gwendolen the ground that he does not have a true
family. Jack, out of revenge claims that he then does not want Cecily to marry Algernon. During
the argument Miss Prism comes in. By the wildest of coincidence, Miss Prism turns out to be the
absent-minded nurse who had misplaced Jack as an infant, putting the manuscript for her novel
in the baby carriage and the baby into her handbag, which she left in the railway station. As it
turns out, Jack is the nephew of Lady Bracknell and Algernon's brother. Therefore, he does have
a good family
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