, or fop, was a figure popularized by Wilde. In Wilde’s world, the dandy is a man who pays particular attention to his appearance, dress, and lifestyle, almost to the point of excess, while using his wit and charm to point out society’s hypocrisy and double standards. Algernon
are examples of this figure. When Algernon dresses up as “Ernest” and when Jack dresses up in mourning clothes
, these instances show the affected, flamboyant, and extravagant nature of the dandy. In The Importance of Being Earnest
, the dandy, as represented by Algernon and Jack, symbolizes self-indulgence, as well as the revelation of truth.