Comparing and Constrasting Jack and AlgernonIn this Essay I will compare and contrast the characters of Jack andAlgernon. I will do this by looking at their behaviour and attitudestowards f food, marriage, women, social class, education and money. Iwill endeavour to show that these characters are not dissimilar as wemight first be led to believe.
I will use both the text as well as the modern film version to provemy ideas.
Algernon Moncrief lives in an expensive flat located in Half-MoonStreet. He is a very emotive character just like Wilde himself.
As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte.
We think he is rich, which, however, soon, especially in the modernfilm version, is proven to be wrong. Right at the start people who heowes money chase him.
Also his butler Lane complains about him not paying his lone.
Algernon comes from a rich family. His aunt, Augusta Bracknell, isvery rich.
In order to keep up his live style and his place in society he has todine with his aunt a fair few times. Too often in his opinion.
“I dined there on Monday, and once a week is quite enough”
It shows us that Algernon expects a lot, a high standard of living butis not prepared to do anything to achieve and to deserve it. He wantsit presented to him on a salver.
Dining with his aunt is even too much.
Algernon is not serious at all. He loves talking about everything,making comments and statements and expressing his opinion toeverything. He has a rich aunt and does not need to worry aboutanything, except for what he is going to eat.
Jack is also fortuned. He inherited some money from the late Mr ThomasCardew. A wealthy man who found him the cloakroom of Victoria station…
being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy”. Gwendolynand Cecily are attracted by the wicked and disreputable backgrounds ofAlgernon and Jack and are not really interested in who they reallyare, as long as their name is Ernest.
Cecily keeps a diary and in her diary she is already engaged toAlgernon(Ernest) months before he has asked her to marry him. On the14th of February last.
“Worn out by your entire ignorance of my existence, I determined toend the matter one way or the other, and after a long struggle withmyself I accepted you under this dear old tree here”
Cecily hates education. She does not want to learn and so this showsthat she does not want to use or waste it. This can also be shown, asshe writtes a diary and says that she does not trust her memory. Shelikes reading and writing her diary which is like her memory.