What does it mean to be Earnest?--------honest or sincere
“On the contrary, Aunt Augusta, I’ve now realized for the first time in my life the vital Importance of Being Earnest.”
The importance of the notion of being earnest in the play is, throughout the play, there is great deception when it comes to the actual names if the characters. For example, Jack Worthing, tells his love, Gwendolyn, that his name is Earnest, whom also has an odd obsession with that particular name.
"My ideal has always been to love some one of the name of Ernest. There is something in that name that inspires absolute confidence."
On the other hand, Algernon has a friend by the name of Bunbury, whom does not actually exist. He is kind of his own form of Jack's Earnest, the difference is, he is a separate person, rather than himself.
What does it mean to be trivial?---------Doing something of little value or importance
In the play, Algernon has his friend Bunbury. This friend is his own version of Earnest because he uses this friend to get out of going to boring events and to add a little bit of excitement to his otherwise boring life.
Cecily lives in a fantasy world in which she is engaged to a man named Earnest. Her world is much more than a fantasy to her. She, as a young girl, developed the man of her dreams and lives in this world where she has the perfect man.
When Cecily meets Algernon, when he asks her to marry, she informs him that they've already been engaged for three months. She connected her own dream man, Earnest, to Algernon.
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
Cecily keeps a very detailed diary of what people say to her and of what happens on a daily basis which is the only way she can keep a hold of the real world.