What is the function/significance of Algernon in The Importance of Being Ernest?
Algernon is Wilde's conduit to express his own views on morality. In a time and place like Victorian England, Wilde himself had to put up with a puritanical and prudish society. Algernon is the picture of lax morality: It is not that he is bad, but that he does not intend to be good.
In his relations with people,...
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Algernon is also believed to be a portrayal of Oscar Wilde.