The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People
"The Importance of Being Earnest," perhaps Wilde's best-known play, is a comedy of mistaken identity set in English high society in the 1890s. It is a play built upon a pun over the name "Earnest." John Worthing is "Jack" in the country and "Earnest" in the city. He has met his true love, Gwendolyn, in the city, which he thinks will work out very well for she will only marry a man named Earnest. But what happens when Gwendolyn unexpectedly visits him in the country and finds out who he really is? As Oscar Wilde wrote, "The truth is rarely pure and never simple."