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In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry Wotton is a character known for his allegiance with immoral intentions and boundless sensual desires. Contrarily, Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband is a conservative and morally upright character devoted towards ensuring prosperity of conventional goodness in the society.
Admittedly, both Lord Henry and Lord Goring play an instrumental role in influencing the dramas’ outcomes. Lord Henry employs his selfish and hedonistic personality in facilitating Dorian Gray’s downfall. On the other hand, Lord Goring takes Sir Robert out of his troubles by skillfully manipulating other characters through necessary blackmails and proper advices on wanting situations (Wilde, 36). Having acknowledged the instrumental roles played by both Lord Henry and Lord Goring, it is time to switch these two characters. There is a remote yet distinct possibility that switching of characters would lead to a significantly different ending of each play. This idea is inspired by the fact that Lord Henry has opposite personality traits compared with that of Sir Roberts. Lord Henry perpetrates immorality and selfish corruption throughout the drama, while Sir Roberts strives to ensure preservation of goodness and works towards tipping the scale to increase chances of morally accepted outcomes. Succeeding sections of this part conducts an informed prediction of Sir Robert’s fate in an event that Lord Henry assumed the role of Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband.
In the first Act of An Ideal Husband, Sir Robert is blackmailed by Mrs. Cheveley as a means to gain Robert’s approval of her canal scheme. Sir Robert is trapped by the blackmail since failure to approve of the scheme would lead to revelation of a secret of which Mrs. Cheveley is a privy to the previously committed corrupt deed. Left with limited options, Robert decides to approve of
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