Journal:The Importance of Being Earnest

PosterĄG Julie Cheng at 19:39:5 12/19/97 from

I sent this journal this Wednesday night, but it didn't appaer on this screen, so I send it again; hope it works this time!
After reading Act One, I have some images in my mind, which are about how the leading characters look and how they are dressed and the way they speak. Algy and Jack wear white blouses and nice suits, but the color of their suits differ. Algy wears in resplendent suit with bright colors, and a golden pocket watch. Jack wears the suit of dark color, and a silver pocket watch. Both of them have hair on their temples. I think this kind of hairdo is quite popular in that time. Algy has curly blonde hair and Jack has brown hair. Algy is taller and more handsome than Jack. Both of them are good-looking young men. The way I picture them is based on the stereotype of my imagination of a modest man and a playboy. Algy seems to be a playboy and Jack is a gentleman.
I think Algy doesn't respect women and certainly looks down on them. He says, "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his." and "The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if to someone else, if she is plain." He hates to see women flirt with men, but he doesn't behave himself either. He seems to be a playboy who doesn't want to get married and isn't interested in family life. He thinks marriage life is tedious. He isn't the kind who will give commitment easily. He says, "in married life three is company and two is none." I don't think he will be a responsible husband. Although he isn't a decent person of high status, he looks down upon people of lower status. He says, "lower class have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility." This is really unfair to say so. Besides, he seems used to take advantage of other people. In my opinion, he isn't a decent man. Jack seems to be a more sincere gentleman, but I think he can be a boring guy, for he hate listening, talking and looking at things. He is so picky! Absolutely he is really enchanted by Gwendolen.
Lane is a short plain-looking and gray-eyed manservant at forties. He's losing his hair. He speaks slowly and good at lying for his master. (There are no cucumbers in the market.) He doesn't enjoy family life either, for he is divorced. He seems to be a pessimist. His response to people is always dull.
Gwendolen has long curly dark brown hair with pink ribbon. She is beautiful and sweet; smart, but also tricky. She doesn't want to answer Jack's question about the name "Earnest," so she says other stuff to escape. Her theory of names is interesting but ridiculous also. She seems to be a girl that fools men all the time.
Lady Bracknell is a tall slim old woman with brown curly hair and wears a small hat. She is dressed in black with a big diamond ring and some jewelry. She looks cold and is even more absurd than her daughter, especially the ridiculous request of an eligible man for her daughter. Why she asks Jack to "invent" at least a parent when there is none? Is it necessary for a man to have living parents when he is going to marry someone? The questions of Lady Bracknell are weird and unreasonable. I'm just as confused as Jack. Why his house must be situated is a "famous" side? I think she is a woman of vanity. She is snobbish and shallow.
I think all the characters are false. They are from the upper class, so they have their pride. They have to be strong and look good, so they hide their individualities. They are good at lying, to fool others and entertain themselves. They are not honest people, and never treat other heartily. They are stereotype of people from upper class. In Act One, they seem to fool each other, and find fun in it. I think I still don't know them well, so I'm unable to do good analysis.


  • Re: Journal:The Importance of Being Earnest -- Gina 18:38:46 1/13/98

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