This presentation looks at Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. It outlines the key themes of the play: suffrage, gender differences, sexuality, class conflict, Victorian society, and aestheticism. There are lots of sections for close analysis, as well as interesting biographical information relating to Wilde’s imprisonment. The presentation then explores the role of women in 19th century society, focusing on The New Woman in fin de siècle literature. The final slide contains a practice exam question with useful pointers and quotes from scholars and theatre critics such as Michael Billington.