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An Ideal Husband

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Transcript of An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband
Author: Oscar Wilde
Genre: Romantic Drama
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde is known for his books
The Picture of Dorian Gray
and
The House of Pomegranate's
Setting
An Ideal Husband takes place in London in 1895
Main
Characters
Lord Arthur Goring
He is very witty, friendly and he is the one with the sense of humor in this book.
Lady Gertrude Chiltern
She is a very poised, charming yet naive wife.
Sir Robert Chiltern
He is the tragic hero and is the "Ideal Husband" because of his personality and how much he adores his wife Lady Gertrude Chiltern.
Mrs. Laura Cheveley
She is the foil character of Lady Gertrude Chiltern. She is witty, cruel and a villainess.
Conflict
Mrs. Laura Cheveley threatens to expose the past crime committed by Sir Robert Chiltern in his younger years to not only his wife but to the public.
Plot
Sir Robert Chiltern is a Government minister with a wonderful wife, a great sister and a charming best friend. Everything could be taken away when Mrs. Cheveley blackmails him with a piece of evidence from his past. It is up to Lady Chiltern and Lord Goring to try and get
him out of this mess.
Mood
The mood of An Ideal Husband is hopeful in the way that everyone in the book is trying to get Mrs. Cheveley to stop blackmailing Sir Robert Chiltern before Lady Gertrude finds out about his past.
Marriage
Oscar Wilde treats marriage as a complicated relationship, mocking the Chiltern's attempt at making a perfect marriage based on Sir Robert Chilterns social status. He shows how love is most important in a marriage by keeping only the villain single in the end.
Forgiveness
Forgiveness is throughout this entire book. One instance of forgiveness is when Sir Robert Chiltern tells his wife "Love Forgives" and she must figure out whether she will forgive her husband for what he has done in his past or not.
Themes
I liked this book because it was very suspenseful when finding out what Sir Robert Chiltern has done in his past. The ending pulls the entire book together and answers any questions you may have.
Memorable Passages
" The error all women commit. Why can’t you women love us, faults
and all? Why do you place us on monstrous pedestals? We have all feet of
clay, women as well as men; but when we men love women, we love them
knowing their weaknesses, their follies, their imperfections, love them all
the more, it may be, for that reason. It is not the perfect, but the imperfect,
who have need of love. It is when we are wounded by our own hands,
or by the hands of others, that love should come to cure us – else what use
is love at all? All sins, except a sin against itself, Love should forgive. All
lives, save loveless lives, true Love should pardon. A man’s love is like that.
It is wider, larger, more human than a woman’s. Women think that they
are making ideals of men. What they are making of us are false idols
merely. You made your false idol of me, and I had not the courage to
come down, show you my wounds, tell you my weaknesses. I was afraid
that I might lose your love, as I have lost it now.” - Sir Robert Chiltern
I would recommend this book to anyone who would be interested in how Oscar Wilde viewed politics and marriage in the past.
THE END!
By: Nikolette Torres
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