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by Oscar Wilde

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How does Wilde present the relationship between Cecily and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest?

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The play intentionally makes double characters make mirrors of each other. For example, Jack and Algy are reflections of each other's thoughts and behaviors. Even Jack and Algy's butlers are reflective of each other.

Similarly Gwen and Cecily, though are from different social ranking, are still exact replicas of each others' frames of mind: 

First, Wilde foreshadowed the relationship on Act I, when Jack told Algernon that the girls will be pleased to meet and that the relationship of Cecily and Gwen will grow until they call each other "sisters", to which Algernon replied: "That's after they call each other many other things"-...

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