The Importance of Being Earnest

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Jack and Algernon each arrange a christening with Dr. Chasuble so that they can change their names to “Ernest.” The eager willingness of these characters to change their names symbolize the fluid nature of identity in the play.
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Christenings Symbol Timeline in The Importance of Being Earnest

The timeline below shows where the symbol Christenings appears in The Importance of Being Earnest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2, Part 1
The Art of Deception: Fact v. Fiction Theme Icon
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Hypocrisy, Folly, and Victorian Morality Theme Icon
...change his name for Gwendolen, Jack proceeds to ask Chasuble if he is available to christen him at 5:30 that day. Yet Cecily emerges from the house and tells Jack that... (full context)
Act 2, Part 2
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The Pursuit of Marriage Theme Icon
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Men and Women in Love Theme Icon
...dislike for it. This revelation unsettles Algernon, who rushes to see Dr. Chasuble about getting christened. (full context)
The Art of Deception: Fact v. Fiction Theme Icon
Name and Identity Theme Icon
Men and Women in Love Theme Icon
...Algernon arrive, one after the other, having separately made appointments with Dr. Chasuble to be christened later that day. Gwendolen confronts Jack, asking if he is engaged to Cecily. He firmly... (full context)
Act 3, Part 1
The Pursuit of Marriage Theme Icon
Name and Identity Theme Icon
Men and Women in Love Theme Icon
...consent, Lady Bracknell is about to leave with Gwendolen when Dr. Chasuble arrives, prepared to christen Jack and Algernon. Jack explains that the ceremony is no longer necessary and Dr. Chasuble... (full context)