The Quest for the Ideal Analytical Essay by Coolpower

The Quest for the Ideal
The article looks at the works of Oscar Wilde and Robert Browning to discuss the quest for the ideal/perfection and the various ways it is and is not worth the cost.
# 23905 | 1,491 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 16, 2003 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry)

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The paper present the views of Oscar Wild and Robert Browning about the search for perfection or the strive to live up to an ideal. They both hold that this quest is not worth the effort and may result in very negative outcomes.

From the Paper:

"Idealism means that something is perfect and worth striving for. According to Robert Browning and Oscar Wilde this search for perfection or an ideal leads to disastrous consequences. The quest for the ideal can lead to chasms in life and since no one can attain the ideal, whether that ideal is an ideal character or a state of mind, to try and attain the ideal can lead to heartbreak, as in the case of Lay Chiltern, or downfall as in the case of poor brother Lippo. Therefore, both Wilde and Browning suggest that living up to an ideal is not worth striving for and is not a way for one to live his or her life."

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