The Importance of Being Earnest Themes from LitCharts | The creators of SparkNotesSimilar to many Victorian novels of the period, the play reads as a marriage plot, documenting the errors in social etiquette and romantic upheavals that come about as Jack and Algernon stumble towards the altar. The Victorian society in which Wilde lived was concerned with wealth, family status, and moral character, especially when it came to marriage. First she asks him about his finances and then his family relations, a measure of his class. That Jack has none—no family relations, or family name, reflects poorly on his character. Upon finding that Jack has no….
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Rating: Rated: 7 times Rate It. I'm an author. Membership requires a valid email address. Whenever Algernon wants to avoid an unwelcome social obligation, or just get away for the weekend, he makes an ostensible visit to his "sick friend". In that way, Algernon can feign piety and dedication, while having the perfect excuse to get out of town, avoiding his responsibilities. A distinguished member of the House of Commons in London faces blackmail to support a corrupt plan to construct a canal in Argentina.