Aestheticism In Wilde's Lady Gertrude Chiltern

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Lady Gertrude Chiltern Correspondingly, Wilde utilises Aestheticism to characterise Lady Gertrude Chiltern dissimilar to Lord Goring and Mrs Cheveley and as “a touchstone of moral stability” (Bose, 1999) to indicate her restraints towards the model upper-class standards. Hence, Wilde undermines the Victorian English notions, particularly of marriage, as exaggeratingly hypocritical and non-naturalistic (Hornychová, 2010) as it led to Lady Chiltern’s disillusion and disappointment from her morally rigid admiration towards her husband’s façade. Consequently, Wildes creates dramatic irony into Lady Chiltern’s dialogue and develops her distaste towards Mrs Cheveley. Primarily through dramatic irony established from Lady Chiltern’s prudent dialogue, Wilde depicts her stagnant pride highly tuned from societal conventions to dramatise the hypocrisy of Victorian English strictures as it negatively impacts the relationship between Lady Chiltern and Sir Chiltern. In Act 1 Scene 6, Sir Chiltern hints at his pastime indiscretions to observe Lady Chiltern’s reaction where her replying dialogue stresses that one’s past is what one is and that would be the only way people should be judged (1.6) and thus ironically conveys her Victorian English morality when the audience already have knowledge about Sir Chiltern’s political misdemeanours. This is further noted in her dialogue where she will “love him always” (1.6) but only because he will always “be worthy of her love” (1.6) rather than

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