The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

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Mind Map on The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde, created by Laura Roche on 05/15/2015.

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The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  1. Gender identities
    1. The Dandy figure
      1. Algernon
        1. as far as the piano is concerned sentiment is my fort. I keep science for life
          1. Jack to Algernon- "why such reckless extravagance of one so young"
            1. Algernon- "good heavens, why are there no cucumber sandwhiches, I ordered them especially"
            2. Algernon reads Jack's cigarette case he received from Cecily- Jack: "it is a very ungentlemanly to read a private cigarette case"
          2. Class
            1. Algernon- "if the lower orders don't set us a good example what on Earth is the use of them, they seem as a class to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility"
              1. Lady Bracknell- "Mr Worthing! Rise, sir, from this semi-recumbent posture. It is most indecorous"
                1. Lady Bracknell- "to be born, or at any rate, in a handbag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French revolution"
                  1. Lady Bracknell- "to marry into a cloakroom and form an alliance with a parcel"
                    1. lady Bracknell- "never speak disrespectfully of society, Algernon, only people who cant get into it do that"
                2. when Jack says he smokes Lady Bracknell- "...a man should always have an occupation of some kind, there are far too many idle men in London as it is"
                  1. Lady Bracknell- "fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever if it did it would provide a serious danger to the upper classes"
                    1. Algernon- "relations are simply a tedious pack of people who haven't the remotest knowledge on how to live not the smallest instinct about when to die"
                      1. Algernon- "its awfully hard work doing nothing"
                        1. Gwen to Algernon- "you always adopt a strictly immoral attitude towards life"
                          1. Gwen- "in matters of grave importance, style not sincerity is the vital thing"
                    2. Gwendolen - "whenever people talk to me about the weather I feel quite certain they are talking about something else and that makes me so nervous"
                      1. We live, Mr Worthing, as I hope you now in a world of ideals"- Gwendolen
                    3. doubleness
                      1. Jack- "my name is ernest in town and Jack in the country"
                        1. Gwen- "your Christian name has an irresistible fascination, the simplicity of your character makes you exquisitely incomprehensible to me "
                          1. Cecily- "I have never met any really wicked person before, I feel rather frightened, I am so afraid he will look just like everyone else" (enter Algernon, very gay and Debonair)
                            1. Cecily- "i hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time, that would be hypocrisy" ...Algernon-"...I've been very bad I my own small way"
                              1. Miss Prism- "people who live entirely for pleasure usually are [prism]"
                                1. Gwen and Cecily speaking together- "your Christian names are still an insuperable barrier"
                                  1. Lady Bracknell, all engagements- "give people the opportunity of finding out each others characters before marriage"
                                  2. Algernon- "Bunbury doesn't live here, Bunbury is something else at present, in fact Bunbury is dead"
                                    1. Bracknell- "we live, I regret to say, in an age of surfaces"
                                2. Cecily- "This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners" (To Gwen- she thinks she's lying about whose she's marrying)
                                  1. Jack- "i have no brother Ernest, I have no brother as all, I never had a brother in my life...[or] the intention of ever having one in the future...never not of any kind"
                                    1. Algernon- "one has the right to bunbury anywhere on chooses, every serious bunburyist knows this"
                                      1. Jack- "I have no brother, I never had a brother and that I don't intend to have a brother, not either of any kind"
                                        1. Jack- "then I have a brother after all, I knew I had a brother, I always said I had a brother"
                                          1. Jack- "I have now realised, for the first time in my life, the vital importance of being Ernest "
                                          2. Jack "Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for man to find out suddenly that all his life he's been speaking nothing but the truth, can you forgive me"
                              2. Bunburying
                                1. Mr Bunbury made up his mind whether he was going to live or die
                                  1. Algernon- "im going bunburying"
                                    1. Jack- "your friend Bunbury will get you into a serious scrape one day"
                                2. Gwendolen- "it suits you perfectly, it is a divine name, it has music of its own, it produces vibrations"
                                  1. Jack- "this bunburying as you call it has not been a great success for you "
                                3. Setting
                                  1. Algernon's flat- "luxuriously and artistically furnished"
                                    1. Jack- "when one is in town one amuses oneself, when one is in the country, one amuses other people"
                                    2. Women
                                      1. Algernon- "Girls never marry the men they flirt with, girls don't think it right"
                                        1. Gwednolen- (after talking about immediate marriage)- "i adore you but you haven't proposed to me yet, nothing has even been said at all about marriage."...jack: "well may I propose to you now?"
                                          1. Gwen- "how absurd to talk of the equality of the sexes where questions of self-sacrifice are concerned men are infinitely above us"
                                        2. Gwendolen- "and I pity any woman who is married to a man called John, she would probably never be allowed to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moments solitude, th eonly really safe name is Ernest"
                                          1. Jack- "you know what I have got to say to you", Gwen- "yes but you don't say it"
                                            1. Lady Bracknell- "an engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant as the case may be, it is hardly a matter that she could be able to arrange for herself"
                                              1. Algernon- "all women become like their mothers,that is their tragedy, no man does that's his"
                                              2. Jack- "the truth isn't the sort of thing one tells to anice sweet refined girl"
                                          2. Art and morality
                                            1. Mr Prism (Cecily's teacher)- "the good ended happily and the bad unhappily, that is what fiction is"
                                            2. Identity
                                              1. Algernon- "you are the most earnest looking person I ever heard in my entire life. Its perfectly absurd saying that your name isn't ernest"
                                                1. Gwendolen- "I am told and my ideal has always been to love someone of the name of Ernest, there is something in that name that inspires absolute confidence...I knew I was destined to love you"
                                                  1. Cecily- "it has always been a girlish dream of mine to love someone whose names was Ernest"
                                                    1. Lady Bracknell- "i had no idea that there were any families or persons whose origins was a terminus"
                                                      1. Jack- "it is ernest after all, I mean it naturally is Ernest" - Jack finds out his name is actually Ernest
                                                  2. Jack- "but you don't really mean to say that you couldn't love me if my name wasn't Ernest"
                                                    1. Gwendolen- "Jack?...no there is very little music in the name Jack...no vibrations"
                                                    2. Society
                                                      1. Algernon- "more than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read"
                                                        1. Cecily- "you would have to choose between this world, the next world and Australia "
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