Pasadena City College Importance of Being Earnest Passage Analysis Paper

Question Description

Use the quotes below to write a four paragraph passage analysis on the character Gwendolen in the play [The Importance of Being Earnest]. Your first three paragraphs should analyze your quotes with brief context of the passage where the quote is located. A short final paragraph should present a thesis statement that sums up your argument.

800-1000 words, MLA format,

Note: When analyzing Gwendolen, the ideas that Wilde is using the her to convey should be considered. All claims must be directly developed from the quotes and evolve around the main theme/motif of the play.


  • Jack? . . . No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations . . . I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, were more than usually plain. Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John! 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 moment’s solitude. The only really safe name is Ernest. (15)
  • I am very fond of you, Cecily; I have liked you ever since I met you! But I am bound to state that now that I know that you are Mr. Worthing’s ward, I cannot help expressing a wish you were—well, just a little older than you seem to be—and not quite so very alluring in appearance. (38)
  • In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing… I have the gravest doubts upon the subject. But I intend to crush them. This is not the moment for German skepticism. (46)

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