Wilde satirizes the ideas of “respectability, self sacrifice, moral rectitude, and high mindedness” that were closely associated with the Victorian aristocracy in this play (Singer).  During the Victorian era Britain was peaceful so all the people wanted to show that to the other people in the society.

Jack has two identities because his best friend Algernon Moncrieff knows him as Ernest. In addition, Jack has a girlfriend named Gwendolen Fairfax who is the cousin of his friend. The play opens as Algernon is suspecting something fishy with Jack after he finds a writing addressed to Uncle Jack which claims to come from little Cecily. The fact that Jack lives a double life does not surprise Algernon because the latter believes that this is common in modern life.

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