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by Oscar Wilde

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Compare the relationships between Jack and Gwendolen with that of Algernon and Cecily in Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."

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In Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, there are many similarities in the relationship and eventual marriage of Jack and Gwendolen on one hand and Algernon and Cecily on the other. Many of these are apparent from the text, like the fact that, for a time, neither woman actually knows the true name of the man she is engaged to marry.

One important, though very subtle, aspect of these two relationships is how social status and class impacts them. In Victorian England, when Wilde wrote the play, couples were expected to use marriage to move up the social ladder or, at the very least, not marry someone lower down.

Unfortunately, with wealth concentrated in the hands of so few people, this whittled down the options for marriage, something that Wilde plays with in The...

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