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FC: Jack worthing DISHONEST?
1: Throughout the play, The Importance of Being Earnest, Jack Worthing exhibits characteristics that prove him to be a dishonest character. We see his dishonesty on many accounts.
2: You have always told me it was Ernest. I have introduced you to everyone as earnest. You answer to the name of Ernest. You look as if your name was Ernest” (11). This quote proves that Jack was lying to his friend and everyone in the city. Jack is being dishonest by going under a false name.
5: “My own Ernest!” (19). Gwendolyn calls, “My own Ernest” because she believes his name to actually be Ernest. Gwendolen has also been deceived by Jack, therefore further proving him to be a dishonest character.
6: Mr. Jack Worthing's next act of being dishonest is in his own home, and to his young Ward Cecily.
7: Jack explains that his brother is dead, when he never had a brother to begin with. Jack says, “My brother… Dead!” (44) Ernest was just a make-believe character, and therefore could not have died. This is yet another instance we see Jack being caught up in his lying about “Ernest”.
8: One last occasion that we see Jack being a dishonest character is when Mr. Gribsby comes to collect a debt owed by Ernest. At this point in the play, Algernon is going under the name of Ernest. When Algernon accuses the debt as being Jack’s, Jack replies with, “Mine?”, implying that the debt did not belong to himself (52). The debt was however Jack’s to pay. Him denying the debt as his own goes to show even further how Jack is a dishonest character.
10: Being untruthful does not automatically make a bad person, but it does make someone dishonest. Through the examples given, it is easy to understand that Jack truly exhibits dishonesty, and therefore is a dishonest character.
11: Dishonest | Untruthful | Dishonest | Untruthful