The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

29 Aug

Title: The Importance of Being Earnest

Author: Oscar Wilde

Genre: Classic play (1895 play / 2002 movie)

Pages: 92

Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Reading Challenges: Classics — Play; Mount TBR; Books2Movie

How I Got It: Own it


I absolutely adore this play.  The back and forth between Algy and Jack keeps me going.  I love their battles of wits.  And the mistaken identity aspect adds way too much fun.  Plus, Wilde is the best at turning a phrase.  This play is full of great lines and comebacks.

Some choice quotes:

“When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people.” – Act 1

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” – Act 1

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility!” – Act 1

“Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.” – Act 1

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” – Act 2

“I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked.” – Act 2

“Oh! I killed Bunbury this afternoon. I mean poor Bunbury died this afternoon.” – Act 3

“The chin a little higher, dear. Style largely depends on the way the chin is worn. They are worn very high, just at present.” – Act 3

“Gwendolen, it is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?” – Act 3

“I’ve now realised for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.” – Act 3

2002 Movie:
The movie adds things here and there, but overall keeps the spirit of the play.  I love all the actors.  Rupert Everett plays he best scheming Algy.  Colin Firth is divine as Jack/Ernest.  Dame Judi Dench always plays the stiff Brit.  And Reese Witherspoon plays the perfect innocent,  but not really innocent, Cecily.  The addition of Cecily’s governess/tutor.  Does anyone else think that Archer’s manservant is modeled after Algy’s manservant Lane?  I think so.
1 Comment

Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Book Reviews, Movies


Tags: , , ,

One response to “The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: