The Character of Cecily in the First Acts

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How is the character of Cecily portrayed in the two first acts of the play?
In the importance of being earnest Cecily is shown as a stock character in a comedic play. She is portrayed as innocent and naïve and we see her as figure of men fantasies. Wilde uses her as one of the main comedic characters and is shown as the most realistic character as she does not speak in epigrams as much as the others.
When Wilde first introduces she is perceived as naïve and innocent. She is describing as
“Excessively pretty.”
And is seen by the audience as almost angelic. Her looks are the first aspect that we introduced to and she is described as a fantasy for men. We see her as an unserious character as she takes the name “earnest” seriously and shows her obsession with the name.
Cecily is shown as a fantasist as she creates her imaginary relationship with Algernon. Wilde creates a one dimensional character and we see her used as a dramatic function as a foundation to help Algernon character to develop.
“To-day I broke off my engagement with Ernest. I feel it is better to do so. The weather still continues charming.”
Wilde uses Cecily to mock society and trivial matters. “The weather still continues charming.” Is seen to have a comedic effect as she on a small matter like the weather in what seen as a big matter. This is also a perception on how society sees women as Cecily had to fake her own engagement to “Earnest.” Cecily is shown to the audience as an unserious character and we almost mock her values.
Despite Cecily character being portrayed as innocent we see that she is not as holy as she seems. When Cecily encounters Gwendolyn we see a different side of her character through her actions. This is a fundamental scene in the play as we see comedy used and witty used of language.
Wilde uses Cecily to battle Gwendolyn and challenge the upper class in this scene. They…...

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