Literature-In-English Paper 2, May/June 2012  
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General Comments
Question 8

Comment on the role of Gwendolen Fairfax.


The following points were expected from the candidates:

  • Gwendolen Fairfax is Algernon’s cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter.


  • Her fashionable, but artificial pretentious nature.
  • Her obsession with marrying a man called Ernest which sustains the plot


  • Her exposition of society’s misplaced notion about the nature of men.
  • Her leads to Jack’s decision to be christened, hence the revelation that Jack is actually Ernest by name.


The question was fairly attempted by candidates.


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