How Does Wilde Use Marriage As A Hindrance

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Additionally, Wilde perceives marriage as a hindrance. When Lady Bracknell tells Algernon of her visit to Lady Harbury, she mentions that since her husband’s death, Lady Harbury “looks quite twenty years younger” (line 244) and “her hair has turned quite gold from grief” (line 261). Although her husband has departed, Lady Harbury appears to be flourishing in his absence. One would assume that after your significant other has died, you would experience a great deal of stress. It is known that when someone is overly stressed they can appear aged and obtain grey hair, but the opposite is shown with Lady Harbury.
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