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Hi, I'm doing my Importance of Being Earnest coursework and my question is:

Algernon’s character functions as a trickster within the plot of The Importance of Being Earnest, a figure whose “moral ambiguity and comic mobility is a means to bring about reconciliation” in dramatic comedies. Discuss the validity of this statement.

I know which points I am going to use,

For;
1 - Algernon and Jack coming up with a plan to distract Lady Bracknell, so Jack can propose.
2 - Algernon writing down the address of Jack's home, without him knowing.
3 - Algernon making up 'Bunbury', as an excuse to get away.
4 - Algernon pretending to be 'Ernest'

Against;
1 - Algernon falling in love with Cecily, and no longer playing games.
2 - Algernon's intelligence, through statements about life.

I'm not sure how I could link this to any comedic devices and how I should do my introduction and conclusion - any help would be great!

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(Original post by deepikasainix)
Hi, I'm doing my Importance of Being Earnest coursework and my question is:

Algernon’s character functions as a trickster within the plot of The Importance of Being Earnest, a figure whose “moral ambiguity and comic mobility is a means to bring about reconciliation” in dramatic comedies. Discuss the validity of this statement.

I know which points I am going to use,

For;
1 - Algernon and Jack coming up with a plan to distract Lady Bracknell, so Jack can propose.
2 - Algernon writing down the address of Jack's home, without him knowing.
3 - Algernon making up 'Bunbury', as an excuse to get away.
4 - Algernon pretending to be 'Ernest'

Against;
1 - Algernon falling in love with Cecily, and no longer playing games.
2 - Algernon's intelligence, through statements about life.

I'm not sure how I could link this to any comedic devices and how I should do my introduction and conclusion - any help would be great!

Thanks
Well, Algernon's "Bunburying" and his posing as Ernest ties in with the device of confusion, something which is common in dramatic comedy. Maybe it could be said that he is the wise fool-as indicated by his wit. Remember a fool is not neccesarily an idiot-Feste in Twelfth Night is a "fool" (as a jester of sorts), yet he is very intelligent, more so than most of the other characters
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