The Importance of Being Earnest
Jack “Ernest” Worthing
• Jack struggles for Gwendolen against Lady Bracknell, Algernon, and his lack of identity
• Lady Bracknell objects to what she refers to as Jack’s “origins” (his inability to define his family background).
• Gwedolen’s obsession with the name “Ernest.”
• Using Ernest as an alibi
• Algernon posing as Ernest
• I would say that Jack probably looks like your above average guy. He’s not the most handsome guy there is, but he’s not ugly either.
• Average height and weight
• He dresses well considering the fact that he’s part of the Victorian upper class. However, he probably isn’t as decked out in Victorian garb like this fellow characters. Jack “has no taste in neckties at all.”
• Victorian upper class
• Major landowner and Justice of the Peace in Hertfordshire
• Unsure of his origins, making him undesirable to snotty upper class women like Lady Bracknell.
• Guardian to Cecily Cardew
• He wants others to think he adheres to such notations as duty, honor, and respectability. However, sometimes he feels as though he needs to get away and “misbehave.”
• Wants to be seen as upright and moral
• Even before they know it, Jack acts like an older brother to Algernon.
• Has no problem giving out advice: one shouldn’t read a private cigarette case, shouldn’t discuss modern culture, shouldn’t talk like a dentist, etc.
• Serious about keeping up his air of respectability
• Has a tendency to get in bad moods when things don’t go his way.
• Willing to humiliate himself to get what he wants
• Doesn’t want to admit that he’s a “Bunburyist.”
• Best friend of “Ernest”/Jack as well as his younger brother.
• Algernon struggles for Cecily against Jack and Cecily’s...