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The desire for power has been a compelling theme in plays for centuries However Oscar Wildes An Ideal Husband displays something that most power-driven plays dont - the desire for many different kinds of power Instead of every character struggling to control one common aspect of their lives each person has their own individual kind of power that they crave It is with each character and their struggles that Wilde conveys his message the quest for power can have grave consequences Sir Robert Chiltern is the first character to discover this Almost twenty years prior he was very ambitious very smart and very poor Willing to do practically anything to get ahead Robert sold a Cabinet secret for a large sum of money - so large in fact that it enabled him and his wife to become part of the elite He is convinced that if he did not have his wealth he would have nothing SIR ROBERT CHILTERNEvery man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons What this century worships is wealth The god of this century is wealth To succeed one must have wealth At all costs one must have wealth Act II Now he is an established member of the parliament and very close to receiving a seat on the Cabinet However it is his secret that causes his troubles a woman named Mrs Cheveley has discovered the source of Roberts wealth and blackmails him This brings up yet another fight for power Mrs Cheveley enjoys having power over people At first it seems as though she simply wants money just as Robert did she tells him she will destroy the proof of his scandal if he supports a motion in parliament which will result in her getting a bit richer However when Mrs Cheveley admits to Lord Goring Roberts friend that she will destroy the proof if Lord Goring agrees to marry her it is obvious
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