CliffsNotes Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

CliffsNotes Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

by Susan Van Kirk


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764544613
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 12/29/2003
Series: Cliffs Notes Series
Pages: 74
Sales rank: 422,294
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

SUSAN VAN KIRK holds a B.A. from Knox College and an M.Ed. from University of Illinois. She has taught English for 30 years in Monmouth, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Life and Background of the Playwright.

Wilde’s Early Years.

Education, Travel, and Celebrity.

Marriage and Commercial Success.

A Playwright with a Secret Life.

Disaster and Ruin.

Wilde’s Last Years.

Introduction to the Play.


Brief Synopsis.

List of Characters.

Character Map.

Critical Commentaries.

Act I—Part 1.

Act I—Part 2.

Act II—Part 1.

Act II—Part 2.

Act III.

Character Analyses.

John (Jack) Worthing.

Algernon (Algy) Moncrieff.

Lady Augusta Bracknell.

Gwendolen Fairfax & Cecily Cardew.

Rev. Chasuble & Miss Prism.

Critical Essays.

Duty and Respectability.

The Absence of Compassion.


Popular Culture.

Secret Lives.

Passion and Morality.

Courtship and Marriage.

Perpetuating the Upper Class.

Class Conflict.

CliffsNotes Review.

CliffsNotes Resource Center.


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