Female Characters in Importance of Being Earnest

  • Describe the women characters or female characters in Importance of Being Earnest 

As far as Oscar Wilde is concerned he is a man of great not only for writing drama but also for delineated characters. In Importance of being Earnest there are four female that are totally different one another ,they have different personalities.But Oscar Wilde creates these female characters very minutely as well as artistically. It is said that Oscar Wilde does not deal with characters psychological but apparently .He makes his characters only on surface level, he always forgets to paint his characters by inner self or we may be say that he has lack of knowledge about human’s nature or mankind’s insight.

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Four female characters dominant the whole play in’ Importance of Being Earnest ‘every place of the drama ,these are characters name of female Miss Prism ,Cecily, Gwendolen, and last one is Lady Bracknell. They are  they are incompatible as well as compatible they are witty, trivial, absurd etc. Cecily is a crazy girl who wants to love a man that is an imaginary ,sometime she makes an engagement herself and at the same day she breaks .And she breaks the engagement on the behalf of herself ,she writes letters to Jack and answers herself. It seems that she is an imaginary girl who lives in in dreams and she escape from reality and other place she appears to be unrealistic as well as irresponsible because she does not like studies .She wants to be free but it does not mean she is  a fool or simple girl ,she realizes a relationship that is made between doctor Chausable and Miss Prism.

 Gwendolen is a girl who is lady Bracknell’s daughter, she is treated by Oscar Wilde very artistically. She is typical Aristocratic Lady , sh goes against her mother and loves Algernon .When Algernon proposes to her ,she accepts his offer very quickly ,she has a dairy with her because she want to write that is very secret for her .She likes to town but  hesitates from crowd this is ironical alienated by Oscar Wilde usually people, who live in city do not worry about rush but having been lived in city as well as liked city life a girl never hesitates by crowd. This is Oscar’s master piece of work a girl is being shown ironically. Gwendolen and Cecily both are same in thoughts by many respects Their cherished desire is that ,they want to love a man whom name must be Earnest and feel that Earnest,s name creates thrill and vibration and gives absolute confidence It would seem that absurd all of this . Oscar Wild , here, represents of similarity ,they have dairies with them but Gwendolen mostly keeps dairy with her when she is going on travel because she wants to write down that things which she realizes important for her. On the other hand,Cecily keeps with her dairy that is why she can write very secret things but it seems that very absurd when Algernon describes some words in the praise of Cecil’,s beauty she writes each and every except something special .

When we talk about Miss Prism she reveals unforgettable character in this play who is absent minded but she has been written 3 volume novels in which a bad character punishes and good character gains reward, it seems that she believes in poetic justice. Like Miss Prism lady feels and has very narrow minded thoughts about sinner because when she hears Bunbury has been expired, she quotes there ‘sows bad reaps bad .She knows the feelings of a bachelor having been herself singled .She flights about doctor Chausable he must get marriage at once because alone man can be seen by society very merciful. She has taste in “Literature “and she is literally lady that is why she puts the baby in leather bag instead of baby walker

Now, we will talk about Oscar’s fantastic character that is why this play is alive and attractive, she is a lady whose name is lady Bracknell, she is dominated as well as authoritative character . She is class conscious and very talkative woman; she can hold her house without her husband one place she describes very clearly she does not involve her husband in domestic matters. Her class conscious can be seen when she interrogates with Jack she stresses on mostly his family status when she recognizes he has no any family then she adds “References from History of French Revolution”at once. This statement clears that Jack is illegal child and  reveals her class status before him. She never allows her daughter to marry with person who is suspected illegal child.


Her authority can be easily shown when she shows authoritative behave on her daughter so that she may keep away from  Jack’s cunning ,she is a lady who is very unkind when she hears the news Bunbury has lost his life her remarks that creates a unusual feelings she says that it is so good that he has gone to this world otherwise he has to suffer a lot.

Now , we will discuss about those female characters wit, witty remarks, intellectual remarked that distinguish them from one another, they have different thought manners , way of life etc. Gwendolen very sharply picks up the remarks that are given by Jack “you are perfect’ she says that perfect thing never demands anymore development ,this is a case “I am going on development” she says. Cecily’s witty remarks amuse us when she narrates that when a man is going on new life he needs whole some meal and other place , she says that mind has record only things that have been not happened or that will not be happened.

In short ,in” Importance of Being Earnest” the female characters are portrayed very honestly by Oscar Wild. We can say that there is no doubt about Oscar’s art of characterization is extremely fantastic, especially towards females characters. It does not matter he deals with inner self or outer self but his characters have great appeal on modern writer .They amuse even though serious people with the help of their talk and witty remarks we cannot say Oscar Wilde does not know about feminine nature at all.

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