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This background of this play happened in Victorian society. Victorian society is a hierarchical and prudish society. Most characters in this play have these qualities. In first act, at the beginning, Algy and Lane's conversation started all plots. This conversation existed certain hierarchical relations. Lane showed dutiful and obedient attitude toward her owner-Algy. As a servant, Lane didn't dare to go behind proper duty and manner. In 255 page, Algy and Jack began to have different viewpoints. Algy disagreed Jack's proposal to Gwendolen. He thought being in love should be romantic thing, but a definite proposal wasn't romantic thing. I think Algy maybe feel love shouldn't be limited and should be free. The kind of love is just beautiful and romantic. In 258 to 259 pages, Algy and Jack were frank to each other. Jack pretend to a young brother of the name of Ernest in town, while Algy created "Benbury" in the country. In fact, I don't know why they did this. But, I think they compared their own false people as each other. In 260 page, Algy said " In married life, three is company and tow is none." It shows that he hated marriage and respected divorce. He thought marriage is bored. Next, Lady Bracknell appeared. I think Lady Bracknell was really typical character in high society. She represented cool, actuality, selfish and arrogantly. In 262 page, she thought health is the primary duty of life. Therefore when she heard Mr. Bunbury was sick, she didn't show any sympathy. She thought Mr. Bunbury should quickly decided to whether live or die. I think this is a strange and inhuman ideas. In 266 page, Lady Bracknell felt the lower society shouldn't accept education She thought this will lead to a danger to upper classes. I think it belongs to critical words. It shows that upper society have been controlled lower people's ideas by let them not to accept education. From Jack and Gwendolen's conversation, we can know that Gwendolen loved Jack because she liked Jack's name-Ernest. In addition, she also thought elopement and have extramarital relations were romantic things. In the second act, the plot described Cecily and Gwendolen found out Algy and Jack's lies. Cecily was an ignorant girl. She also valued her lover's name. Therefore this made up two women's quarrel toward "Ernest". Finally two male characters appeared so that this made truth be showed. However, the third act described Jack's life experience have appeared and two pairs have a happy ending. I think Algy was very serious about trivial things especially " eating". He ever said " When I am in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me." " I refuse everything except food and drink." However, Jack was more serious than Algy. Jack was serious about everything. I think in Miss Prism of the second act, she was like Lady Bracknell. She thought teaching bad men become good was impossible and wasting time. She felt she can't waste time in this unmeaningful things.