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An Ideal Husband

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Charity Dzul

on 11 December 2013

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Transcript of An Ideal Husband

Major and Minor Characters
Major
Themes
"Marriage and the importance to uphold its values."
even through times of trouble,
obstacles (Ms. Cheveley),
and unrevealed secrets
Symbols
The Brooch
snake-like shape= evil
resembles Cheveley's snake-like personality (she stole the brooch in the first place)
in the end it serves as a trap for her and reveals who she truly is, untrustworthy.
Writing Style
Wilde has a witty and clever type of language because of most of the characters' remarks.
Relevant to the way Cheveley blackmails Sir Robert
the characters' language have progressed. (went from "ideal" to "common sense")
Major and Minor Conflict
Major Conflict
Climax
Mrs. Cheveley and Lord Goring's meeting
All the issues of the play come back into one event i.e the snake brooch, the letter to Baron Arnheim, Mrs. Cheveley's past, and Lady Chiltern's letter
An Ideal Husband
By: Oscar Wilde

Sir Robert Chiltern
"The firmly-chiseled mouth and chin contrast strikingly with the romantic expression in
the deep-set eyes."
The contrast in his features serves as a foreshadow of his conflicting character, public self v. inner self
Narrative Point of View
: Objective
The author only tells us of the actions of the characters without their individual thoughts
Mrs. Cheveley
Sir Robert Chiltern
Lord Goring
Lady Chiltern
Minor
Mabel Chiltern
Lord Caversham
Lady Markby
Mrs. Cheveley threatens Sir Robert Chiltern to change his views on the Argentine Canal with an incriminating letter
Minor Conflict
Lady Chiltern finds herself struggling with reality and the life she has pretended to lead
Lady Chiltern v. Sir Robert Chiltern
"What many envision as 'ideal' is impractical."
most of the conflict is caused by idealization
Cheveley and Lady Chiltern's are the reasons why Sir Robert holds back
people pretend to be something they're not (fear of destroying social status)
The Tapestry
it was described as "The Triumph of Love"
it symbolizes how love is more superior than power (in the end, Cheveley is defeated and Robert and Lady Chiltern go on as a happy couple)
Why is it the Climax?
Lord Goring and Mrs. Cheveley are going head to head, they argue without placing importance to propriety/manners.
Turning point in Mrs. Cheveley's attitude when Lord Goring brings up Lady Berkshire and threatens to call in Phipps with the police
Mrs. Cheveley is knocked down a few pegs by her own fear
Figurative Language
: Imagery
Wilde's description of the characters and stage directions is vivid and dynamic
Narrative Sequence
: Chronological. 4 Acts.
Mrs. Cheveley
"A work of art, on the whole, but
showing the influence of too many schools"
refers to Mrs. Cheveley's "shady" manner
She is too fake, too poised, unwilling to show her cards until the perfect moment
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