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An Ideal Husband Powerpoint


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Background on Oscar Wilde's life and times, Comedy of Manners, and Important Information about the play An Ideal Husband.

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An Ideal Husband Powerpoint

  1. 1. An Ideal Husband<br />By Oscar Wilde<br />
  2. 2. Life<br />Born Dublin 1854<br />London 1880’s-1890’s<br />Became famous for his wit and artistic style<br />Published many children’s books and Irish folk tales to become famous<br />Married and had two children<br />Traveled around Europe and USA promoting his work<br />Had homosexual relationships that caused him to be jailed for two years from 1896-1898<br />Spent rest of his life traveling Europe, addicted to drugs, and died in 1900<br />
  3. 3. Famous Works<br />The Picture of Dorian Grey (1891) <br />Lady Windemere's Fan (1892) <br />A Woman of No Importance (1893) <br />An Ideal Husband (1895)<br />The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)<br />
  4. 4. Victorian Age<br />Stressed conservative values<br />Family devotion and duty<br />Focus on appearance more than substance<br />England at the peak of its industrial and imperial power<br />English Ladies and Gentlemen<br />Wilde made fun of these values because he saw people as fake and untrue to their true selves<br />“Naughty Nineties”<br />
  5. 5. Comedy of Manners<br />Melodrama<br />Dandy vs. Ideal Characters<br />Stock Characters: Virtuous Wife, Man with a Secret Past and Other Woman<br />Happy Endings <br />Undying love is celebrated<br />Making fun of the behaviour of people during that era<br />Ironic endings using popular formula<br />
  6. 6. WHAT ARE YOUR IDEALS?<br />