Various Faces of Lord Goring from „ an Ideal Husband “ by Oscar Wilde

Various faces of Lord Goring from „ An Ideal Husband “ by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde wrote An Ideal Husband in the summer of 1893, during the decade known as the "Naughty Nineties", very exciting and flamboyant time in British life and literature, a period with its roots of dandyism. He wrote it in the twilight years of England's Victorian era, reflecting the decay and scandal. The play was accepted by the Haymarket Theater, which secured its success by it. Critics of the time were not as appreciative as various audiences, which was the case for all of Wilde’s social comedies. Critics thought these plays are more frivolous than appreciable; audiences were, on the other hand, delighted by the wonderful wit of the dramas. Mentioning wit, Lord Goring comes into play with his sharp tongue.

Lord Goring was given his name by Oscar Wilde in small village in South Oxfordshire called Goring-on-Thames, where he began to write his play An Ideal Husband. Lord Goring is bachelor in his thirties -- more precisely described before his first appearance in the play, he is thirty-four but he always keeps saying he is younger. A well-bred, expressionless face. He is clever, but would not like to be thought so. A flawless dandy, he would be annoyed if he were considered romantic. He plays with life, and is on perfectly good terms with the world.
Lord Arthur Goring is man of impeccable dress and inimitable, unusual wit. He masters the art of modern living which is perfectly shown in comparison to his opposite character, Lord Caversham, his father. The meeting of the two produces a clash between the old fashioned and the modern thinking. According to his father he is “... good-for-nothing young son...“(1.19) who leads “...such an idle life. “ (1.20) . Lord Goring is quite a disappointment to his father and he embraces every opportunity to tell him so : ” Well, sir! What are you doing here? Wasting your life as usual! You should be in bed, sir… “ (1.42).

Goring's modernity is...