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Compare the relationship of Jack and Gwendolen with that of Algernon and Cecily.

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While both relationships are similar and involve a certain amount of deceit, Jack and Gwendolen's relationship has been happening for some time and is more mature than Algernon and Cecily's recently established relationship. At the beginning of the play, Jack reveals that he has loved Gwendolen for some time and plans on proposing to her, despite the fact that she believes his name is Ernest. In contrast, Algernon poses as Jack's immoral brother, Ernest, and is immediately attracted to Cecily, who shares his feelings. Algernon and Cecily are also depicted as a more passionate, impulsive couple in comparison to the relatively...

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