An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

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How much of a role do social class and wealth play in shaping the moral compasses of the characters in An Ideal Husband?

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In his play An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde portrays his contemporary England. It is possible to discern the author’s attitude to his society from the title of the play. We observe a seemingly ideal society.

However, as the plot develops, it becomes obvious that the “ideal” society is founded on lies and manipulation. The Chilterns and those who have come to their reception represent a microcosm of the English society. The head of the family turns out to be a swindler. Sir Robert has pulled off a shady deal that brought...

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