Wilde presents the "lamia like",Mrs. Cheveley, as the all time ringleader of the play. During the Victorian Era that the play was based upon, women were not seen as the ones who "wear the pants" in the relationship but in modern times Mrs. Cheveley represents the powerful face of women...the one's who make the men "pace nervously back and forth." In presenting Mrs. Cheveley as such an unpleasant character with "venetian red hair...[and] rouge accents..." Wilde creates internal conflict amongst the other submissive characters like Sir Robert Chiltern who "sits down" when she "motions to him with her fan." The audience notices that the victims of her whip are submissive and the playwright makes them struggle and feel "bewildered [and] helpless."
Yes! You've embedded well. You've remembered the playwright and the audience! :o)
Be careful with GPS:
- Wilde presents the "Lamia-like" Mrs. Cheveley as ...
- When you include a phrase like "wear the pants," don't put it in quotes since it's not a direct quote from Wilde's work.
-"Venetian red hair [and] rouge accents," Wilde ...
oh snap, the "wear the pants" quote is from WAoVW......damn.
Oscar Wilde presents Mrs. Chevely as an evil being who is obsessed with power to show the dark side of politics. Wild describes her as "(Lamia-like)" which is a half-woman, half-snake mythological creature. By doing this, he represents her as evil natured and the audience can envision her having destructive intentions. This can forshadow her black-mailing Robert Chiltern and the audience can infer that this is not the first time she has done something cruel. Wilde uses the stage directions to allow the audience to notice her impactful presence as a cunning woman in the Victorian Era.
Avoid using "can" as in "the audience can" and "This can foreshadow..." It creates the same effect as "might," "perhaps," and "probably," one of uncertainty and lack of conviction.
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