Ideal Husband Act One Quotes

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  • An Ideal Husband...    Act One Quotes
    • At the top of the staircase stands Lady Chiltern'
      • Show how in a world of extravagant beauty and extraordinary setting LC is above the rest
    • 'I hate being educated'
      • Education is seen as pointless for women with many simply relying on their husbands intellect.
    • 'London society is entirely composed of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics'
    • Men can be analysed, women, merely adored'
      • The presentation of women as objects to be adored, wives like accessories.
    • We have married perfect husbands'
      • The idealisation of men by their wives... suggests that the higher the pedal stool the harder the fall from grace
    • 'One's past is what one is'
      • The past is never truly forgotten, and will always affect the present. An absence of good morals will create problems later in life.
    • It can never be necessary to do what is not honourable'
      • Almost everyone in the play has done something dishonourable in another's eyes.
    • 'You have been an Ideal always'
      • Women placed their husbands on pedestals, idealised them as perfect beings, to whom they devoted their whole love.
    • 'We women worship when we love'
      • Women placed their husbands on pedestals, idealised them as perfect beings, to whom they devoted their whole love.
    • 'Don't kill my love for you'
      • Questioning of 'unconditional love'... if LC's love was really conditional, his past should not matter

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