Jack and Gwendolen is an interesting pair. Both are completely meshed into the formalities of the Victorian high society of appearances are all that counts. Jack uses an alias to escape to the city to fulfill some fanciful dallies to protect his place within the society that he jests about on a consistent basis. Gwendolen refuses Jack's marriage proposal because his name is not melodic enough for her fanciful idea of the perfect husband which is bred out of her Victorian protocols. They both have responsibilities to keeping up the pretences of the society in which they live and they take those responsibilities very seriously at
These two, Jack and Gwendolen, although mirrored in character and personality seem not to be matched within the context of the play because Jack's first and last name. Jack plans to change his name to Ernest (his alias which is known as his wicked brother) but can not find his true last name as he is an orphan that was raised by a well-to-do family but his parentage is in question. Jack plans to change his name to Ernest to please Gwendolen but cannot do anything about his family name until the end of the play where it is discovered that he is the older brother of Algernon.
Gwendolen is a silly but sly character. She makes a fuss in the way Jack is asking for her hand in marriage in a certain way. She refuses Jack because of his first name and her whims to marry someone named Ernest but she still pursues Jack as a love interest (without consent of her mother) even becoming jealous of the beauty of his young ward Cecily. The possible love connection within the internet site would probably happen as they are compatibly matched.
While on the subject of compatibly matched characters, you find Algernon (Algy) and Cecily: They see things as children. Algy is narcissistic and deceptive. Both are traits of Victorian high society. He flatters himself as being a man of the world while all of the time making sarcastic comments about the life he leads Like Jack, he is a man of deceptions and uses an imaginary friend named Bunbury to avoid social responsibilities. Algy would seem to be most happy when breaking rules.
Cecily is a sheltered young woman being educated in the ways of propriety by her
governess, Prim. She fantasizes all sorts of odd affairs and even fawns after Ernest, Jack's alias and imaginary wicked brother. She is nave in the ways of the world, which adds a rich spice to collaborating with Algy. Life for her is one big romance novel. When Algy and Cecily meet, it is under false pretenses as Algy has taken on the alias of Ernest. He falls completely enamored with Cecily and so proposes marriage. Cecily shows him how she has written about meeting him, Ernest, how they would fall in love and be married. What becomes so mirroring about these two is their youthful carefree attitude about things and the aspects of their personalities that are differing allow for growth in relationship. They too would be a perfectly matched on this fictitious website.
At the end of the play, the characters, Gwendolen and Jack and Algy and Cecily