The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest Learning Guide: Table of Contents

Introduction
Analysis
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Ernest and Bunbury
The handbag in the cloakroom at Victoria Station, the Brighton line
Diaries and Miss Prism's Three-Volume Novel
Food
Setting
Narrator Point of View
Genre
Tone
Writing Style
What’s Up With the Title?
What’s Up With the Ending?
Plot Analysis
Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Comedy
Three Act Plot Analysis
Trivia
Steaminess Rating
Allusions
Brief Summary
Act I
Act II
Act III
Characters
Jack Worthing
Jack Worthing Timeline
Algernon Moncrieff
Algernon Moncrieff Timeline
Gwendolen Fairfax
Gwendolen Fairfax Timeline
Cecily Cardew
Cecily Cardew Timeline
Lady Bracknell
Lady Bracknell Timeline
Miss Prism
Miss Prism Timeline
Dr. Chasuble
Lane
Merriman
Study Questions
Character Roles (Protagonist, Antagonist...)
Protagonist
Antagonist
Foil
Tools of Characterization
Themes
Quotes
Lies and Deceit
Lies and Deceit Quotes
Marriage
Marriage Quotes
Respect and Reputation
Respect and Reputation Quotes
Society and Class
Society and Class Quotes
Gender
Gender Quotes
Versions of Reality: Romance
Versions of Reality: Romance Quotes
Love
Love Quotes
Foolishness and Folly
Foolishness and Folly Quotes
Best of the Web
Module Quizzes
Module Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said)
Quotes (What was Said) Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said) True or False
Themes (For the Most Part)
Themes (For the Most Part) Flashcards
Themes (For the Most Part) True or False
Symbols
Symbols Flashcards
Symbols True or False
The Most Immodest of the Ernest Movies
The Most Immodest of the Ernest Movies Flashcards
The Most Immodest of the Ernest Movies True or False
You Don’t Know Jack
You Don’t Know Jack Flashcards
You Don’t Know Jack True or False
Essay
The Importance of Being Earnest
Current Events & Pop Culture
Challenges & Opportunities
Assignments & Activities
Characterization
Chew On This
Character Journal Entry
Facebook Plot Summary
Archetypes
Symbolism, Allusion, and Irony
Literary Devices
Adaptation
Why Should I Care?
Tabloid Time
Project Runway
Facebook Gone Wilde
Discussion & Essay Questions
Reading Quizzes
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