CliffsNotes Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

CliffsNotes Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

by Susan Van Kirk


Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Want it by Thursday, September 27  Order now and choose Expedited Shipping during checkout.


CliffsNotes Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest by Susan Van Kirk

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into critical elements and ideas within classic works of literature. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

CliffsNotes on The Importance of Being Earnest offers a concise look at this Victorian farce, which tweaks the complacency and aristocratic attitudes prevalent among the wealthy upper class of the time. Hidden identities, fierce repartee, underlying passions, and surprises punctuate this lively play.

This study guide shows, through its expert commentaries, just how three sets of lovers clear up mishap and misunderstandings and end up happily ever after. Other features that help you figure out this survey of Victorian social issues include

  • A close look at the author's life, which itself was rife with scandal and ruin
  • Summaries and commentaries, act by act
  • Descriptive character analyses
  • A character map that reveal key relationships
  • Critical essays on Victorian views on compassion, religion, marriage, and more
  • A review section that tests your knowledge, and suggested essay topics

Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764544613
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 12/29/2003
Series: Cliffs Notes Series
Pages: 74
Sales rank: 468,871
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.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews