In our second lesson on Lady Windermere’s Fan we will discuss the content of Acts 3-4 and consider the play as a whole:
- how to escape from self-deception
- why idealism and reality are essential to being a good human
- how kindness and personal sacrifice help others escape from self-deception
For Next Time
- When you finish watching the videos, take a moment to answer this question in the comments section below: Which character in this play can you best relate to? Why?
- Read chapters 1-7 of Jayber Crow. Click here to download the reading guide for these chapters. Remember that the reading guide should enhance your reading, not get in the way of it. Use it in the best way you see fit.
- Email me any questions you have!
Want more of Oscar Wilde? Here are three books and a movie I’d recommend:
- Other Wilde Plays – If you enjoyed Lady Windermere’s Fan, be sure to read The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband.
- A Good Woman – A very good film adaptation of Lady Windermere’s Fan, starring Helen Hunt as Mrs. Erlynne and Scarlett Johansson as Margaret Windermere. Though the action of the plot is extended, the storyline is very faithful to the play.
- The Portrait of Dorian Gray – This disturbing novel explores the nature of narcissism, evil, and hypocrisy in a clever way. This novel will stay with you for a long time!
- Complete Works of Oscar Wilde – All of Wilde in a single volume: stories, plays, poems, and essays!