An Ideal Husband

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Sprache - Englisch

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In 'An Ideal Husband,' Oscar Wilde skillfully melds the witty banter and satirical prowess for which he is renowned, within a narrative rife with themes of morality, politics, and the societal expectations of Victorian England. This astute comedy of manners delves into the complexities of human imperfection and the often-forgotten frailty beneath the veneer of public decorum. Through its literary style, typified by epigrammatic discourse and an elegant irony, Wilde critiques the rigidity of the era's moral compass, juxtaposing it against the fluidity of human nature within the literary context of fin de siècle literature.

Oscar Wilde, with his inimitable flair for the dramatic and the comedic, was perhaps the most apropos artisan to craft such a narrative, as his own life was ensnared by the very social constructs and scandals his work sought to unpick. Living in an epoch of stifling social conventions, Wilde's own experiences and foibles ostensibly inform the narrative's multifaceted exploration of the interface between public image and private integrity, a juxtaposition that he himself navigated throughout his tumultuous career.

'Readers who appreciate literature that offers both a dazzling wit and a poignant exploration of human character should find 'An Ideal Husband' to be a compelling read. Wilde's play shines a light on the hypocrisies of social expectation with a sharpness that resonates even today, making this classic work a pertinent and timeless piece for those interested in the paradoxical interplay between societal norms and personal values.


About the Author

Oscar Wilde, an illustrious figure in literary history, was born on October 16, 1854, in Dublin, Ireland. Known for his sharp wit, flamboyant style, and insightful epigrams, Wilde became one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College, Oxford, Wilde became a proponent of aestheticism, advocating for the pursuit of beauty and the importance of art for art's sake (Ellmann, R., 1988). His literary contributions include a wide range of works from the novel 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' to collections of fairy tales and numerous essays. However, Wilde's plays, such as 'An Ideal Husband' (1895), stand out for their satirical take on Victorian society, exploring themes of corruption, forgiveness, and the public and private dichotomies of the upper class. Wilde's linguistic prowess, characterized by his comedic genius and use of paradox, made his plays a staple of the theatrical world. The critical reception of works like 'An Ideal Husband' continues to be positive, and the play remains a fixture in theatre repertories worldwide. Despite his success, Wilde's career was marred by scandal after he was imprisoned for gross indecency. Yet, even after his death on November 30, 1900, Wilde's literary output continues to resonate with readers and audiences, securing his place in the pantheon of literary greats.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 78 Pages

Filesize: 423.1 KB

ISBN: 8596547384816

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