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Oscar Wilde

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About the Title

The title An Ideal Husband refers to Sir Robert Chiltern, who appears to be an ideal husband when the play starts but is quickly revealed as flawed. Wilde reintroduces the title comically in the last lines of the play when Lord Caversham threatens to disinherit his son Lord Goring if he isn't an ideal husband to his new bride. The play uses the idea of an ideal husband to explore the nature of morality and marriage.


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