Identity Creation

An individual's attributed characteristics gives rise to the transformation of self of identity.Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest has both Algernon and Jack taking on the identity of Earnest in order to court their lovers.This act of taking up of the name Earnest is in reality the foundation identity is based on.When a person claims that his name is Earnest, under normal circumstances such a proposal is true.Christopher Nassaar's article "Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead," suggests that Wilde plays around with irony and allows for certain unexpected things to occur.This is a bridge between identity in Wilde's play and Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary.Fielding has Bridget, a mid-aged single woman struggling to find a man of her dreams.Bridget achieves this through putting on make up and monitoring her body weight.Penny Dick suggests in her article "Book Reviews: Bridget Jones's Diary," that female identity is at play when a woman is seeking a relationship.A correlation between Algernon and Jack with Bridget is that they all pretend to be someone who is not completely natural by nature.According to Micheal Liammoir in his The Importance of Being Oscar, the characters in the play create their identity through comedy.Such pretence in both works can be seen as a successful creation of self identity due to the fact that it all works out.In my paper, I propose to discuss the success of identity creation in the two texts and its' significance to the world today.
When Jack and Algernon took on the identity of Earnest, they created a comical atmosphere for the play with the idea of Bunburrying.Once the tone of the play has been set, many improbable things can occur like Cecily and Gwendolen falling in love to only a man named Earnest.The true identity of Jack and Algerno…


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