What are the ideas of gender and the marginalization of women in Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde?

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In the beginning of the play, she had remarked about life:

It is a sacrament. Its ideal is Love. Its purification is Sacrifice.

The irony of the play starts here, as it is Mrs. Erlynne who lives by these ideals, but is not given a chance to explain herself. Lady Windermere's views of the world to be divided into only good and bad have changed by the end of the play. She has now realized the hypocrisy lying underneath the society's so called moral code.

I don't think now that people can be divided into the good and the bad as though they were two separate races or creations. 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.

The above dialogue is the crux of the play, clearly highlighting the injustice done to women in this era in the name of morality.

Oh, men don't matter. With women it is different.

The above dialogue by the Duchess of Berwick...

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