An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband Although Oscar Wilde Created A Wide Range Of Poetry, Essays, And Fairy Tales And One Novel In His Brief, Tragic Life, He Is Perhaps Best Known As A Dramatist His Witty, Clever Drama, Populated By Brilliant Talkers Skilled In The Art Of Riposte And Paradox, Are Still Staples Of The Theatrical Repertoire An Ideal Husband Revolves Around A Blackmail Scheme That Forces A Married Couple To Reexamine Their Moral Standards Providing, Along The Way, A Wry Commentary On The Rarity Of Politicians Who Can Claim To Be Ethically Pure A Supporting Cast Of Young Lovers, Society Matrons, An Overbearing Father, And A Formidable Femme Fatale Continually Exchange Sparkling Repartee, Keeping The Play Moving At A Lively PaceLike Most Of Wilde S Plays, This Scintillating Drawing Room Comedy Is Wise, Well Constructed, And Deeply Satisfying An Instant Success At ItsDebut, The Play Continues To Delight Audiences Over One Hundred Years Later An Ideal Husband Is A Must Read For Wilde Fans, Students Of English Literature, And Anyone Delighted By Wit, Urbanity, And Timeless Sophistication

Oscar Fingal O Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories, and one novel Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being

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  • Paperback
  • 78 pages
  • An Ideal Husband
  • Oscar Wilde
  • English
  • 21 August 2019
  • 9780486414232

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    An Ideal Husband is an 1895 play by Oscar Wilde, his third most popular work after The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray In it Wilde explores hypocrisy, corruption, forgiveness and other themes with his trademark epigrammatic humor Sir Robert Chiltern, a moral, upstanding politician pause while I take a moment to ponder whether there is such a thing , has a lovely young wife who idealizes him But Sir Robert turns out to have a major skeleton in his closet Many years ago, at the start of his political career, he sold a state secret about the Suez Canal in an insider trading sort of deal, and used that money to make his fortune and jumpstart his career Now Mrs Cheveley, an old classmate of his wife who his wife detests , turns up at a party the Chilterns are hosting, blackmailing Sir Robert into publicly supporting a fraudulent scheme to build a canal in Argentina It s one canal for another, she tells him.Meanwhile the Chilterns bachelor friend, Lord Goring, is flirting with Mabel Chiltern, Sir Robert s sister.Luckily for the frantic Sir Robert and his morally inflexible wife, Lord Goring also has some wise advice to dispense to all and sundry, along with a few other tricks up his sleeve An Ideal Husband isn t as hilariously witty as The Importance of Being Earnest, but it has a little meat to it There s a lesson here about how imperfect people still deserve love You can almost hear Wilde pleading for people to have tolerance and forgiveness for his own still hidden but beginning to fray gay lifestyle But he makes his moral lesson go down easily, with lots of very funny and very quotable lines A few sample quotes I always pass on good advice It is the only thing to do with it It is never of any use to oneself.Talks and says less than anybody I ever met She is made to be a public speaker.You see, it is a very dangerous thing to listen If one listens one may be convinced and a man who allows himself to be convinced by an argument is a thoroughly unreasonable person.Lord Goring I am going to give you some good advice.Mrs Cheveley Oh pray don t One should never give a woman anything that she can t wear in the evening.I don t like principles, father I prefer prejudices.There are a few eyebrow raisingly dated lines here as well the worst is A man s life is of value than a woman s It has larger issues, wider scope, greater ambitions A women s life revolves around curves of emotions It s pretty infrequent, and is probably just a reflection of Victorian times, though I have to wonder whether Oscar Wilde was just playing with his audience s expectations But other than those couple of needle scratch moments, this is a very amusing play that gives us some great food for thought about relationships and forgiveness.

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    I m going to say this for the millionth time Oscar Wilde is a freaking genius Everything he writes is pure gold I love his sense of humour, and his writing He was a great man treated badly by the society in which he lived and a great writer too I wish I could let him know that.This play was as foolish as the previous one I read, and even when I enjoyed that one , this one was good all the same The plot follows some particular characters that are all married or being proposed marriage It involves some blackmailing and witty comments about the Victorian society.I laughed out loud with this play a lot You would not believe how red my face was after so much laughing Seriously, it was ridiculous I can t even But that s great It says a lot about an author who wrote a comedy for people a century back that can make a teenage girl in the 21st century have so much fun with one of his works It screams brilliant all over the way.Anyway, I wanted to keep this review short because 1 I want you to experience this for yourself without me spoiling any details, and 2 because I have an enormous list of quotes.If you have not read this, I don t know what you have been doing with your life Read this ASAP because Wilde is, not joking, one of my favourite authors and not only mine but of many people too.Now, here s the obligatory list of quotes LADY BASILDON Ah I hate being educated MRS MARCHMONT So do I It puts one almost on a level with the commercial classes, doesn t it My laughter could not be contained after reading that.Oh, I love London Society I think it has immensely improved It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics Just what Society should be.See why I love his sense of humour Questions are never indiscreet Answers sometimes are.I agree.You see, it is a very dangerous thing to listen If one listens one may be convinced and a man who allows himself to be convinced by an argument is a thoroughly unreasonable person.I think I read something similar to that in another book.Oh, I like tedious, practical subjects What I don t like are tedious, practical people.Me neither.Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons What this century worships is wealth The God of this century is wealth To succeed one must have wealth At all costs one must have wealth.After than one hundred years, this still applies to nowadays society.I am always saying what I shouldn t say In fact, I usually say what I really think A great mistake nowadays It makes one so liable to be misunderstood.If Wilde knew how many times I have thought thatIt is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love.Truth.Told you it was an enormous list of quotes, didn t I P.S I ve now made it my new goal to read all of his works this year First Shakespeare, now Oscar Wilde Here we go And fyi, I have not finished my Shakespeare challenge yet, but who cares I got this new obsession and I will not stay calm until I read all of Wilde s books.

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    It s a delight to read Wilde s plays, clever and witty, and by all accounts people flocked to the theater in his day to enjoy the fun I hope a production of this one comes to my town someday, I would love to see it Very entertaining read, right up there with Earnest.

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    This is my first Oscar Wild and what a great read it was I loved his wit, sarcasm and humor I also liked his realistic observance of humans and his exposure of human follies in the face of power and wealth He exposes both the black and white sides of ambition, stressing on the length one would be driven under its spell There is also a severe mockery on the society for idolizing men and also women as perfect and Wild shows expressively that no human is without fault And he also talks of the importance of accepting the faults and forgiving, probably in reference to himself Overall a brilliant play and I enjoyed it thoroughly And I m certain that my Wilde journey has just begun.

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    The first positive thing I can say about Wilde s An Ideal Husband is that it includes such grand descriptive details that for the most part, I could almost hear an imaginary audience praising him under their breaths This play, first performed in 1899, was a joyous and light read, full of fancy frocks and plush behaviour but also weighed down with the problem of misogyny, with several references to male superiority It was a time when being a woman came with many pitfalls, I felt for them back then, sadly still do now, in the 21st century To think out there, right now, they still have to put up with this shit Deplorable Anyway, onto the playIn essence, this is a keyhole view of a high society grappling with the notions of what a marriage stands for, featuring deep characters that feel truly believable, it opens with a dinner party held in London s fashionable Grosvenor Square by House of Commons member Sir Robert Chiltern, the gathering includes his wife, Gertrude, friend Lord Goring and others There is a blackmail incident, involving a Mrs Cheveley, who knows some dodgy things about Sir Robert s past to do with a Cabinet secret A problematic situation takes shape For Lady Chiltern, their marriage is predicated on her having an ideal husband that is, a model spouse in both private and public life that she can worship Robert has a dilemma, does he remain truthful to his wife, and tell of his guilt.Poor old Robert is eventualy exposed by Mrs Cheveley, his wife then denounces her husband and refuses to forgive him From here on in, cue womanizing, political corruption, the resurfacing of a diamond brooch that comes into play, complications arising from a note found leading to thoughts of an affair , plus a Vengeful act out to destroy But fear not, there is happy ending.Many of the themes where influenced by the situation Wilde found himself in during the early 1890s, regarding his own fears and stressing the need to be forgiven of past sins, and the irrationality of ruining lives of great value to society because of people s hypocritical reactions to those sins Also, the position of women in society was criticised by theatre analysers as overt sexism, easy to see why, after it s disclosed A man s life is of value than a woman s There is also an expression of anti upper class sentiments, on behalf of most of the characters, where the overall portrayal displays an attitude of hypocrisy and strict observance of silly little rules that needn t apply A humorous read it was, but still carried with it serious undertones No doubts this worked wonders on the stage Very good.

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    Manipulative Mrs Cheveley tries to blackmail Sir Robert Chiltern for a mistake he made as a young man When his wife finds out, she cannot accept the fact that her husband has imperfections Lady Chiltern had put him on a pedestal, but no man can be totally righteous The play has some moments of villainy, levity, and misinterpreted events that lighten the serious themes of reputation, marriage, and forgiveness The roles of men and women reflect the values of Victorian society.Oscar Wilde is very talented at writing witty banter so reading the play was enjoyable, although a bit dated from a 21st Century viewpoint It would be wonderful to see the play on stage, especially with the right actors playing the juicy roles of the evil Mrs Cheveley and the dandy Lord Goring.

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    My very favourite of Oscar Wilde s plays Choc a bloc with wit, and humorous repartee, it also is an intriguing story, and fascinating to see how it plays out No wonder it is still popular 112 years after is first produced with recent productions on video DVD doing very well.Member of Parliament Lord Robert Chiltern is blackmailed by the wicked Mrs Cheverly, with a secret from his youth, leading to a crisis in his life, and in his marriage to the virtuous Lady Chiltern It is up to his friend, the delightfully foppish Lord Goring to help extricate him All is well that ends well, but not after much interplay and intrigue.Every word in this play is well measured out for one of the great masterpieces of English Drama.

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    3.5 stars This wonderful play with gorgeous lines for Lord Goring would have been a solid four star read, were it not for the last couple of pages where Wilde spoilt it for me Lord Goring, who in my view is the strongest representative of the author s voice, fell back into a strongly conventional view of women s place, without the slightest undertone of irony Lord Goring A man s life is of value than a woman s It has larger issues, wider scope, greater ambitions A woman s life revolves in curves of emotions It is upon lines of intellect that a man s life progresses Lady Chiltern A man s life is of value than a woman s It has larger issues, wider scope, greater ambitions Our lives revolve in curves of emotions It is upon lines of intellect that a man s life progresses I have just learnt this, and much else with it, from Lord Goring Richard Allen Cave s explanatory notes in the Penguin Classics Edition The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays confirm my perception to some extent The whole speech has posed problems for some of Wilde s critics because Lord Goring, whose words have until now sparkled with originality of thought and expression, seems to be offering a decidedly conventional view of woman s place within marriage and one that even in its expression draws heavily on the writings of John Ruskin And he tries to console the modern reader Feminist and socialist critics alike have taken exception to this speech which represents Lady Chiltern as a kind of puppet programmed by Lord Goring But this is to miss the careful structuring of the change that Lady s Chiltern s character undergoes during this act Maybe I am overreacting, but after having read Lady Windermere s Fan and A Woman of No Importance which both have a slightly feminist undertone, I was not expecting this of Oscar Wilde thus 3.5 stars, I m afraid.

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    When the name Oscar Wilde is brought into company, most people immediately think of The Importance of Being Earnest, or That fellow who was so witty, or Oh, wasn t he really, really gay What most people DON T seem to think of is that Wilde s work was far from trifling Earnest , than witty, and often centered quite firmly around the difficulties of heterosexual relationships An Ideal Husband is a comedy It s important to remember that when watching recent versions which like to make it too arch AND simultaneously too sinister To read the play, one can enjoy all the witticisms and bon mots for which Wilde is justly famous But beneath that clever exterior is than a child in a handbasket a la Earnest but the difficulties, obligations, and complications with being a MAN in society Like Wilde s best work Salome, Dorian Grey, etc the hero in An Ideal Husband is no saint, although he s perceived as one And his youthful demons come back to haunt him in the form of blackmail However, Sir Robert Chilton is a respected politician, a public figure whose whole persona is based around integrity MORE, though since we do not travel to Parliament with him, Oscar Wilde makes Robert a seeming paragon at home a foil to his foppish friend, supporter of his sister in law, nearly worshipped by his wife.Perfection is too much to bear After trying to hide his past from his wife, Robert is forced by Lady Chilton to reveal the truth of his own shameful past One cannot help but consider Wilde s own domesticity, his public persona and what heartbreaking conversations were had behind closed doors In one particularly moving speech, Robert begs his wife to allow him to be human, to be imperfect, and t be loved nonetheless BUT and here s what people forget about Wilde, presuming him to be nothing but a lush, Robert also asks his wife for help to overcome his current opportunity to backslide into his former depravity.Wilde s personal voice always comes through the clearer in such soul searching plays as these His is the perpetual story of the woman caught in adultery, thrust at Christ s feet, who is ultimately spared, forgiven, and rebuked I highly recommend anyone studying Wilde s works NOT to neglect reading them, not only in conjunction with the many biographies available, but ALSO in the light of his poems which he wrote in Rome, that are particularly revealing.What s beautiful about Wilde is that he knew how to make us cry, even in the middle of our cultivated smiles.

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