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Gina Huang (486200030)
Introduction to Literature
Dr. Ray Schulte
The Importance of Being Earnest-Act One
In my imaginations, Algy is a thin, rich guy. He might wear a black suit and with a pipe or a cigar on his hand. He also put on a big, golden watch to show others that he is wealthy. But he is not a gentleman, however. He sometimes talks to Jack with an impolite tone of voice, trying to stop Gwendolen and Jack get married. He doesn't respect women and looks down on them. He said, "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That*s his." "The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to someone else, if she is plain." He is a playboy who doesn't want to get married. He thinks marriage is tiresome, dull and tedious.
Jack, his name is Ernest in town and Jack in the country. Why? According to his words, he has always pretended to have a younger brother of the name of Ernest. He is a man who is not earnest at all. He might wear as decent as Algy, but not that show-off. Jack can*t afford cigars so he only has cigarettes. He tried very hard to make Algy believe that the cigarette case was his, but in reality, it*s not. When Lady Bracknell investigated Jack, he wasn*t nervous, in my mind. But he lied to Gwendolen, and that is the worst thing! I can*t endure someone lying to me. I think he tried to hint Gwendolen that "Jack" is a nice name as well, but in vain. He dares not to tell the truth. I believe that "Jack" is his real name.
Gwendolen, in my opinion, is a ridiculous silly girl. Though she is beautiful, with big eyes and long blond hair, she is birdbrain. "My ideal has always been to love someone of the name of Ernest." "The moment Algernon first mentioned to me that he had a friend called Ernest, I knew I was destined to love you." What a funny girl! She even doesn*t know him, and she falls in love with "Ernest." "It has music of its own. It produces vibration." I cannot help but laugh! How absurd she is!
Lady Bracknell, in my mind, is a seriously fat woman with brown curly hair. Even though she is fat, she wears a very tight dress. Can you imagine? Some of her flesh was squeeze out! Yuck! She thinks that only a well-to-do man can marry her dear daughter. She is hypercritical and faultfinding, and never satisfied. "To lose a parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness." She looked down on Jack and made fun of him! So, "she is a monster, without being a myth." She also said, "Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit." "If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper class." This reflects that the upper class didn't care the lower class and think that ignorance is the best tool to control them. They*d better know nothing!
Anyway, I guess Algy will play a trick on Jack. He wrote down the address, right? Something must happen in the future! Maybe he wrote a letter by the name of Gwendolen, and cheated Jack. I will know it later!


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