Study Guide

The Importance of Being Earnest Characters

By Oscar Wilde

Jack Worthing

We know what you’re thinking. Which one’s Jack and which one’s Algernon? It's...

Algernon Moncrieff

Jack and Algernon certainly are a lot alike. So much so that it feels like we’re writing a...

Gwendolen Fairfax

Like the two male leads, Gwendolen and Cecily also have a lot in common. There’s the Ernest...

Cecily Cardew

Yes, they’re so much alike they could be sisters—and now they will be. You might want...

Lady Augusta Bracknell

This very symmetrical play has an odd number of characters: nine. Everybody has somebody: Jack...

Miss Laetitia Prism

Wilde gets a kick out of Miss Prism. His own sons had governesses whom he disliked, and he seems...

Dr. Frederick Chasuble

As a clergyman, Dr. Chasuble is a natural target for the irreverent Oscar Wilde. The playwright...

Lane

Lane is Algernon’s butler—and his comic sidekick in the first scene. Algernon knows...

Merriman

Merriman is the mirror-butler for Lane. Because everything in this play seems to be symmetrical,...

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