History Creator / OscarWilde

23rd Jul '17 12:04:06 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: In "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime," a palm reader tells the titular character that he will commit a murder in the future. Quite sensibly, Lord Arthur decides to get it over with quickly so he doesn't have it hanging over his head. In an extra dose of irony,[[spoiler:he ends up killing the palm reader.]]

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: In "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime," a palm reader tells the titular character that he will commit a murder in the future. Quite sensibly, Lord Arthur Arthur, who was not previously inclined to murder, decides to get it over with quickly as soon as possible so he doesn't have it hanging over his head. In an extra dose of irony,[[spoiler:he irony, [[spoiler:he ends up killing the palm reader.]]
23rd Jul '17 12:01:37 PM Da1tonTheGreat
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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: In "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime," a palm reader tells the titular character that he will commit a murder in the future. Quite sensibly, Lord Arthur decides to get it over with quickly so he doesn't have it hanging over his head. In an extra dose of irony,[[spoiler:he ends up killing the palm reader.]]
8th May '17 7:58:54 AM EraserheadBayB
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"[[FamousLastWords Either this wallpaper goes or I do]]."

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"[[FamousLastWords ->"[[FamousLastWords Either this wallpaper goes or I do]]."
8th May '17 7:58:12 AM EraserheadBayB
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Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde-->-- '''Oscar Wilde'''
8th May '17 7:57:44 AM EraserheadBayB
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"[[FamousLastWords Either this wallpaper goes or I do]]."
Oscar Wilde
8th Feb '17 3:20:23 PM Jhonny
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His fun was interrupted when he sued for libel over being called homosexual. He was indeed homosexual (or maybe [[BiTheWay bisexual]]) as a significant number of young men testified at his trial. British law would still have found for him if that had been considered irrelevant.[[note]]In contras to the US, truth was not an absolute defence against libel in British court cases until 2014.[[/note]] Instead, he lost, and since homosexuality was illegal... yeah. RealLife DownerEnding, there.

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His fun was interrupted when he sued for libel over being called homosexual. He was indeed homosexual (or maybe [[BiTheWay bisexual]]) as a significant number of young men testified at his trial. British law would still have found for him if that had been considered irrelevant.[[note]]In contras contrast to the US, truth was not an absolute defence defense against libel in British court cases until 2014.[[/note]] Instead, he lost, and since homosexuality was illegal... yeah. RealLife DownerEnding, there.
8th Feb '17 11:44:23 AM JohnPrestwick
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His fun was interrupted when he sued for libel over being called homosexual. He was indeed homosexual (or maybe [[BiTheWay bisexual]]) as a significant number of young men testified at his trial. British law would still have found for him if that had been considered irrelevant.[[note]]Unlike U.S. law, where truth is considered an absolute defence against libel[[/note]] Instead, he lost, and since homosexuality was illegal... yeah. RealLife DownerEnding, there.

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His fun was interrupted when he sued for libel over being called homosexual. He was indeed homosexual (or maybe [[BiTheWay bisexual]]) as a significant number of young men testified at his trial. British law would still have found for him if that had been considered irrelevant.[[note]]Unlike U.S. law, where [[note]]In contras to the US, truth is considered was not an absolute defence against libel[[/note]] libel in British court cases until 2014.[[/note]] Instead, he lost, and since homosexuality was illegal... yeah. RealLife DownerEnding, there.
28th Nov '16 5:49:57 AM JustTroper
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* {{Cuckoosnarker}}: Known for both his eccentricity and his sharp witticisms.
17th Jun '16 2:09:25 AM PaulA
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* BalladOfX: "The Ballad of Reading Gaol".
* BlackComedy: "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime".



* HomoeroticSubtext: Played with in ''[[http://www.kingkong.demon.co.uk/gsr/portmrwh.htm The Portrait Of Mr. W. H.]] (see also EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory)''

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* GloveSlap: Discussed in ''A Woman of No Importance'':
-->'''Mrs Allonby:''' Miss Worsley would not let you kiss her.\\
'''Lord Illingworth:''' Are you sure?\\
'''Mrs Allonby:''' Quite.\\
'''Lord Illingworth:''' What do you think she'd do if I kissed her?\\
'''Mrs Allonby:''' Either marry you, or strike you across the face with her glove. What would you do if she struck you across the face with her glove?\\
'''Lord Illingworth:''' [[SlapSlapKiss Fall in love with her, probably.]]\\
'''Mrs Allonby:''' Then it is lucky you are not going to kiss her!\\
'''Lord Illingworth:''' Is that a challenge?
* TheHeartless: In "The Fisherman and His Soul", a Fisherman cuts his shadow (which holds his soul) free from his body so that he can live in the sea with his love, a mermaid. The soul, lacking a heart, becomes evil.
* HellholePrison: ''The Ballad of Reading Gaol'' details the horrors he experienced during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol. He writes of the inedible food, back-breaking hard labor, and crushing misery that makes prisoners worse instead of rehabilitating them.
-->''The vilest deeds like poison weeds\\
Bloom well in prison air.\\
It is only what is good in man\\
That wastes and withers there.\\
Pale Anguish keeps the heavy gate\\
And the Warder in Despair.''
* HomoeroticSubtext: Played with in ''[[http://www.kingkong.demon.co.uk/gsr/portmrwh.htm The Portrait Of Mr. W. H.]] (see also EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory)'']], where the characters debate over supposed Homoerotic Subtext in Shakespeare's sonnets. Wilde plays with EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory, and even the reader starts wondering if the assumptions could be true.
* HotWitch: In "The Fisherman and his Soul", the one who tells the Fisherman how to get rid of his soul so he can court a mermaid is a beautiful red-headed witch. She bitterly lampshades the trope via lamenting how the Fisherman is hung up on the mermaid when he should be smitten with her due to her own beauty.



* InterspeciesRomance: "The Fisherman and His Soul" has a Handsome Fisherman who catches a cute little mermaid in his fishing nets, and releases her when she promises to sing every day so he can catch more fish. Within a few days he falls head over heels in love, and while she likes him back, she can't accept his feelings because he has a soul, unlike non-humans like her. And so the young Fisherman begins to work on getting rid of his own soul...
* ItsAllAboutMe: The title character in "The Remarkable Rocket."
-->"What right have you to be happy? You should be thinking about others. In fact, you should be thinking about me. I am always thinking about myself, and I expect everybody else to do the same. That is what is called sympathy. It is a beautiful virtue, and I possess it in a high degree."



* OurSoulsAreDifferent: "The Fisherman and his Soul"

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* OurSoulsAreDifferent: In "The Fisherman and his Soul"Soul", a Fisherman gives up his soul in order to be with the mermaid he loves. His soul is shown as being intellectually completely different from himself. In fact, his life only changes for the worse once his soul returns. The spell the Fisherman performs to separate himself from his soul involves cutting his shadow free from his body, whereupon it is animated by the soul and goes about getting into misadventures. The soul, left on its own, is apparently [[TheHeartless Heartless]].


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* PeopleOfHairColor: In "The Star Child", the child stands out among his adopted family and village because he is blond while they all have dark hair and eyes.


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* ShapedLikeItself: From ''The Fisherman and his Soul'' -- "They tempt me with temptations".
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Several of Wilde's fairy tales.
** "The Nightingale and the Rose": Young man is mopey because some girl doesn't like him, wants to give her a red rose, and can't find one. A nightingale feels sorry for him and travels around the world looking for a rose, and can't find one either. The nightingale sacrifices her life, brutally and painfully, to create a red rose from her own blood. The young man finds it and gives it to the girl, but she dumps him anyway, and he throws it in the gutter and decides love is stupid. End of story.
** "The Star Child": Through suffering, the arrogant boy learns the error of his ways and is restored to his former handsome self -- and is crowned king. It's mentioned that he was the most benevolent ruler they'd ever had...too bad he only ruled for three years and was succeeded by a cruel tyrant. The end.


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* TheSoulless: Subverted in "The Fisherman and his Soul". A young fisherman is magically separated from his soul, which takes on human guise and travels around without him -- and the fisherman is largely unaffected, while the ''soul'' becomes a typical "soulless" monster-in-human-form. It's explained that this is because the fisherman still has a loving heart, while the soul is both literally and metaphorically heartless.
16th Jun '16 11:30:47 PM PaulA
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* ''Theatre/AnIdealHusband''



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: An aversion drives the plot of ''An Ideal Husband.''
* AuthorAvatar: The character with all the good lines generally; Lord Goring in ''An Ideal Husband'' specifically.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: An aversion drives the plot of ''An Ideal Husband.''
* AuthorAvatar: The character with all the good lines generally; Lord Goring in ''An Ideal Husband'' specifically.generally is this.



* {{Blackmail}}: Mrs. Cheveley, twice, in ''An Ideal Husband.'' [[spoiler:She fails both times.]]



* HiddenDepths: Lord Goring in ''An ideal husband''.



* MenAreBetterThanWomen: An Ideal Husband states that, essentially, men are meant to go out into the world and do great things, while the most a woman can ask for is to help and support a great man.



* SmugSnake: Mrs. Cheveley in ''An Ideal Husband.''



* TitleDrop: ''An Ideal Husband''; ''A Woman of No Importance''.

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* TitleDrop: ''An Ideal Husband''; ''A Woman of No Importance''.
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