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Posted October 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM via web

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In Act 2 of The Importance of Being Earnest, what attitudes toward religion appear in this act?

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 12, 2012 at 3:26 AM (Answer #1)

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In Act II we are introduced to two religious ideas. First, we meet the Rector, Dr. Chausible.  This religious man is attracted to Cecily's tutor, Miss Prism.  Wilde pokes fun at Chausible, and seemingly at religion, as he one "perfect" sermon that he repeats, no matter what the service is supposed to be about.

Act II also introduces the idea of Christening.  With the confusion and trickery that surrounds their Christian and assumed names.  Jack and Algernon have both fallen in love with two ladies who believe their real name is Ernest.  In hopes of keeping their loves, the men concoct a plan to change their names by having Dr. Chausible baptize them under the name Ernest.

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