This Heat? An Ideal Husband, written by the brilliant Oscar Wilde, intrigues the reader into a comedic play that regards political corruption, blackmail, social status, and of course—marriage. As Wilde writes this play in the year 1895, he largely incorporates several satirical elements to deliver his intended message. In this play, Wilde heavily relies on irony, exaggeration, and sarcasm to successfully convey his underlying message to his audience. One successful element Wilde utilizes to deliver
has remained the same - to hold up a mirror to the society of the time but through pleasure, inviting audiences to reflect and also providing amusement. Set in the late nineteenth century, the play An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde (1895) epitomises comedy, as both a literary and dramatic genre. Wilde was masterful in his ability to combine aspects of evolved comedic traditions and dramatic conventions to critique Victorian society. Drawing on characteristics of Greek and Roman tragicomedy, the choices
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
and money by honest means is an important but difficult trait. Oscar Wilde in his play, An Ideal Husband, displays that lying in order to protect someone causes vulnerability and instability in relationships. Through the use of tropology and the Feminist theory it is evident that unnecessary problems and hardships result from justifying dishonesty. Oscar Wilde uses the element of tropology to emphasize the importance of honesty. Wilde uses symbols to portray the consequences of dishonesty.