Thursday, February 12, 2015

What I've Read: An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is one of those authors that I have always felt the "need" to read since he shows up on so many great classic author lists and I made a goal a few years ago to try and read more classics (Shakespeare has also been on that list for a long time). So, I dove right in and started with An Ideal Husband. First things first, I had no idea it was a play, which shouldn't have been a surprise since I could have just looked at the Wikipedia page, but that's okay. I have a had time reading plays, I love seeing them but just reading scripts was never my favorite part of English class. On to the actual story...the plot deals with high society lords and ladies who are dragged into a blackmail plot that Sir Robert Chiltern must go through with because Lady Chiltern  proclaims she has "an ideal husband", meaning a proper man who would not take back his word. There are a few other storylines, one of which involves a couple named Mabel and Lord Goring. Lord Goring proposed to Mabel every Tuesday and Thursday for what seemed like forever and she continually turns him down. The play was comedic in nature which was a definite plus, and I enjoyed it even as a play.

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