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An Ideal Husband

A dazzling blend of farce and morality, this play explores human frailty and social hypocrisy. Sir Robert Chilton's secret is discovered and exposed. He is accused of having exploited government secrets for his own gain early in his political career. With this revelation from Mrs. Cheveley comes the threat of blackmail and the ruin of Sir Robert's career. Yet in order to be a successful blackmailer, one's own reputation must be beyond reproach.

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An Ideal Husband

I don't know about you guys, but I enjoy this play a little bit more than I enjoy the so called masterpiece "The Importance of Being Earnest". It has more intrigues, more dilemmas, and unexpected situations. All the details are perfectly chained to each other and you are served with the outmost pleasure of reading every single dialogue. I have also read "Lady Windermere's Fan", but I have to say this one is not as good as "The Importance..." or "An Ideal Husband"

I would appreciate your comments on this.

Shaw said, “It is the business of a writer of comedy to wound the susceptibilities of his audience. The classic definition of his function is ‘the chastening of morals by ridicule’.” Does Oscar Wilde‘s An Ideal Husband wound susceptibilities to teach morals or is his level of comedy more superficial with no social message?

robert chiltern is as bad as mrs cheveley

very helpful. yet, the writer makes us readers to think double standards of this era. it looks as if robert chiltern is a good husband yet, he had a dark secret in the past, to climb up the ladder, in this sense, i think, he is as bad as mrs. cheveley. he conceals his evil conduct to his wife. this page helps us insinuate that there might be a misunderstanding against robert, who considers to be an ideal husband, yet, real ideal hubby is a party goer, lord goring, i assume. there are thousands of ways of critiques on this play. thanks for sharing a hint in terms of writing a paper on this subject. thank you very much. A student

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I need some information about the woman's role in the play "an ideal husband"

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Recently I viewed a movie version of "Ideal Husband" on the Armed Forces Network. For me, the most dramatic speech in the entire play was Sir Robert's plea for parliamentarians' ethics, which appeared to be somewhere between acts 3 & 4. However, in scanning the texts available on the net, I find no scene in the House of Parliament, and therefore no such speech.

Do you know where I can get a complete text of the movie version or some explanation of why it was added?

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wow! this page is so well done! i am doing a project on oscar wilde and i learned so much from this. i would like to thank you for making this page and helping me get a failing mark on my project in drama. i really enjoyed reading this and i hope that in the future i come in this page and it stays as good as it is right now!!
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Long ago I remember seeing a movie of one of Wilde's plays which contained the following line, and which I've never been able to find, "I come from Brasil, where the nuts come from."

If anyone knows where this is from, please let me know.

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The irony of the title becomes clear. There is no one ideal husband, ideal is judged in the eyes of their wives, there is no winning formula. This is contrasted thru the marriages of the chilterns and the relationship (and eventual marriage) between Lord Goring and Mabel Chiltern. Lady Chiltern is the puritan character, and like in many of Wilde's plays, is taught to forgive. Therefore Chiltern is only ideal to her if he is flawless, but this is impossible, so the irony of the title in this relationship is obvious. He says "Why can't you women love us, faults and all!" Chiltern's major flaw is that he is hungry for power (which usn't unusual for men of this time) but this flaw is only to Lady C, who we see is very unreasonable. This is upported with Loring Goring who admits his faults "I am very selfish" but Mabel doesn't care and loves him anyway. An ideal husband, ie the perfect man cannot exist for a woman.

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Thank you for this page. It's very useful for people like me. I' like knowing some topic that we can find in this play. Thank you. A student

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