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Who comes out as the actual heroine in Lady Windermere's Fan, Mrs. Erlynne or Lady...

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absolem | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 29, 2011 at 1:13 AM via web

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Who comes out as the actual heroine in Lady Windermere's Fan, Mrs. Erlynne or Lady Windermere?

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sanskritibookbound | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 13, 2011 at 10:01 PM (Answer #1)

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this is a question which largely depends on the reader but if you would have seen the sub-title of the play, a play about a good woman, and compared it with lady windermere's speech in act four, you will see that the play is all about mrs. erlynne and women of her character...

               in this speech, lady windermere has defined herself in the first half (recklessness/sin- going to darlington, jealousy/assertion- not letting mrs. erlynne be a guest to her)... and has defined mrs. erlynne in the next half( sorrow/sacrifice- facing shame at lord darlington's place with no fault of her own, repentance- coming back to the society and sacrificing for her daughter)...

                  we will see that this play that is 'about a good woman' is actually about a woman who is bad in the eyes of the society but good as a person... she may have a reckless past but the so-called-goodwoman, lady windermere, is also capable of committing such a mistake...

                      it is a taunt on the victorian society and it's blind, prejudiced ideologies by Oscar Wilde.... it's a comment opn the idea of 'propah' during the victorian society.... th word, 'propah' originate sfrom that era..... and this play defines it....

         btu all in all mrs. erlynne is the heroine of this play because she is the rescuer(of lady windermere), she is the sufferer, she is the mystory,she is the beauty and she is the topic of gossip all through the play. so if we compare the play with present day movies then she is the 'heroine'... :)

("i don't think now that peole can be divided into good or bad.... What are called good women may have terrible things in them, mad moods of recklessness, assertion, jealousy, sin. Bad women as they are termed, may have in them sorrow, repentance, pity, sacrifice...")

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