Skripsi Bahasa Inggris : THE INFLUENCE THE OF MAIN CHARACTERS’ CONFLICTS TOWARD PLOT IN OSCAR WILDE’S “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST”
M. ARIFIN 01.03.52.0060 THE FACULTY OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE STIKUBANK UNIVERSITY SEMARANG
In this thesis the writer uses a drama by Oscar Wilde, a controversial man of letters of England. This thesis focuses on the influence of the main characters’ toward plot in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. This thesis also applies psychological aspect to analyze the main characters’ characteristics.
In writing this thesis, the writer conducts library research method to collect the data and information by using some books and internet which are related to the problem. The writer employs one method of approach namely semiotic approach. The semiotic approach is applied to analyze the character, especially the main character, plot in the drama. The writer also uses psychological approach to analyze the intrinsic aspect such as character and plot.
In The Importance of Being Earnest, Jack and Algernon, are two characters who have different characteristics. Each of them creates another character. Jack creates Ernest and Algernon creates Bunbury. Having two different names, they can do anything in two different places, in the town and in the country. In addition, the main characters experience both internal and external conflict during the drama. Mainly, both Jack and Algernon have the same internal conflict. They concern if someday their real identity would be revealed by their girls. Meanwhile Jack’s conflict toward Lady Bracknell about his origin makes him try hard to reveal it. Algernon’s undercover as Ernest at Manor House, Jack’s place, makes their real identity are finally revealed and clear up Jack’s origin through Miss Prism and Lady Bracknell’s explanation. In conclusion, the internal and external conflicts of Jack and Algernon lead to the revelation of Jack’s origin. Both internal and external conflicts influence the plots of drama, such as Algernon’s conflict toward Jack causes him to pretend as Ernest at Manor House in order that he can meet Cecily, and Jack’s internal conflict causes him to decide to vanish his created bother, Ernest.
The Importance of Being Earnest reflects a moral value dealing with human’s daily life, namely honesty. A person may do anything to reach his/her aim, but being honest is something hard to do. He/she may be smart to conceal a falsehood, but it would be revealed eventually. Hence, in any condition honesty is needed although it is painful.