Huang at 12:19:15 1/5/98 from c550-7.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
|Each of the characters is serious about triviality. Algernon is serious
about eating. He disagreed with Jack's behavior that Jack didn't send out
invitations of dinner to him. Also, he once said that one should always
eat muffins quite calmly. He always enjoys eating. Algernon had different
view about marriage from Jack. Algernon , in my opinion, regarded woman
as just a thing to play with. "In married life three is company two is
none." "Divorces are made in Heaven." He is not serious about marriage,
but treats it as a game. It seemed that he would never be truthful to his
wife. Algernon ate up the sandwiches prepared for Lady Bracknell, but pretended
to ask Lane how come there was no sandwich. He was not hesitated at all
to tell a lie, so was Lane who did so for his master.
Jack is serious about having the name "Ernest" in order to marry Gwendolen, who was only willing to marry a man named Ernest. Jack is more serious about marriage and women than Algernon. He disagreed with Algernon's view of marriage and when he thought Miss Prism was his mother, he said, "Why should there be one law for men, and another for women?" These should show he's serious, but I can't find out why he did nothing but eat with Algernon easily after Gwendolen and Cecily knew the truth.
Lady Bracknell is serious about social status one has. Her inquiries of Jack and Cecily are both on the point of that kind of question. She's proud of her social sphere, and she looks down upon those who are in the lower class. However, she understands if education produces effect on those people, they upper classes' statuses would be no longer stable. Her lack of sympathy made her say something strange, such as " Health is the primary duty of life." And "To lose both parents looks like carelessness." I think, in addition, she always thinks her views of everything are correct, but in fact, she is too subjective and she is definitely a utilitarian.
Gwendolen does not feel shy to flirt with Jack, and she even asked him to look at her with certain kind of emotion, especially when there are other people present. Cecily was keeping a diary in order to publish it for the public to read. What funny is that Gwendolen also kept a diary for the same reason and they competed in which newspaper their diary would be printed on. Cecily did not like to wait, but she said she do like punctuality in others. I think she regarded herself the only important person and she does not understand the way people treat with each other. Cecily hates sensible men, but values wicked and reckless men. She did not like to be serious about that as others. She would like to enjoy the beauty of life and that of everything, such as Algernon's answer. However, under the effect of social values, she'd like to marry a man named "Ernest" as Gwendolen does. Both of them are surface that they do not really love one with their whole hearts, they do not value true love but value just a name.
Cecily values the form of engagement that she said "It would hardly have been a really serious engagement if it hadn't been broken off at least once." Gwendolen said she liked Cecily right because her sweet name when they first met. It is all right to say that out of good manners, but it's strange for me that she changed her saying when she knew Cecily was also engaged to Ernest. What's funnier is that she again turned her attitude toward Cecily immediately after she found out the truth. In my opinion, good manners are at times good but multifold sometimes. Most important of all, do not be hypocritical on that manner.