Character Thursday (32) : Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband

new-character-thursday-buttonPada Kamis ini saya ingin membahas sedikit tentang salah satu karakter di play An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde, Lord Goring.

Pada awal penyebutan namanya, perkenalan tentang Lord Goring sudah bernada dan berkesan negatif.

LORD CAVERSHAM. Good evening, Lady Chiltern! Has my good-for-nothing young son been here?
LADY CHILTERN. [Smiling.] I don’t think Lord Goring has arrived yet.
MABEL CHILTERN. [Coming up to LORD CAVERSHAM.] Why do you call Lord Goring good-for-nothing?
LORD CAVERSHAM. Because he leads such an idle life.
MABEL CHILTERN . How can you say such a thing? Why, he rides in the Row at ten o’clock in the morning, goes to the Opera three times a week, changes his clothes at least five times a day, and dines out every night of the season. You don’t call that leading an idle life, do you?
LORD CAVERSHAM. [Looking at her with a kindly twinkle in his eyes.] You are a very charming young lady!
(Act I)

Lord Goring juga digambarkan sebagai penebar pesona di kalangan para wanita. Statusnya yang masih lajang juga mendukung perannya tersebut, membuat beberapa wanita merasa tersanjung saat didekati olehnya. Cara bicaranya apa adanya, terkadang lucu, konyol, dan menunjukkan cara hidupnya yang terkesan hanya untuk bersenang-senang saja.

LADY BASILDON . I delight in talking politics. I talk them all day long. But I can’t bear listening to them. I don’t know how the unfortunate men in the House stand these long debates.
LORD GORING. By never listening.
LADY BASILDON. Really?
LORD GORING . [In his most serious manner.] Of course. You see, it is a very dangerous thing to listen. If one listens one may be convinced; and a man who allows himself to be convinced by an argument is a thoroughly unreasonable person.
(Act I)

Namun siapa sangka pada babak kedua play ini, Lord Goring mulai menunjukkan kualitas diri yang sesungguhnya. Sebagai sahabat dari Sir Robert Chiltern—yang sedang berada dalam masalah—dia memberi masukan-masukan yang bijaksana. Dia juga mau memutar otaknya untuk itu, bukan hanya bermalas-malasan seperti yang dikesankan di awal oleh ayahnya. Dia menunjukkan kesetiaan dan kekuatan hati pada apa yang diperjuangkannya saat itu, persahabatan dan cinta.

Never mind what I say, Robert! I am always saying what I shouldn’t say. In fact, I usually say what I really think. A great mistake nowadays. It makes one so liable to be misunderstood. (Lord Goring, Act II)

Hubungan Lord Goring dan ayahnya—sebagaimana kondisi sosial saat itu—agak berjarak. Seringkali Lord Goring merasa tak berkenan dengan kunjungan atau pertemuan dengan ayahnya, terlebih karena Lord Caversham berusaha memburu-buru putranya tersebut untuk segera menikah.

During the Season, father, I only talk seriously on the first Tuesday in every month, from four to seven. (Lord Goring, Act III)

My dear father, when one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people’s time, not one’s own. (Lord Goring, Act IV)

My dear father, only people who look dull ever get into the House of Commons, and only people who are dull ever succeed there. (Lord Goring, Act IV)

Lord Goring confronts Mrs. Cheveley about a stolen bracelet. From a 1901 collected edition of Wilde’s work

Lord Goring pula lah yang nantinya akan memegang peranan penting dalam penyelesaian masalah Sir Robert Chiltern, juga menyadarkan Lady Chiltern akan arti ideal husband serta bagaimana seharusnya bersikap sebagai istri.

Singkatnya, dapat saya katakan bahwa celetukan-celetukan maupun nasihat-nasihat serius yang keluar dari mulut Lord Goring sebagian besar adalah ide yang dianut oleh Oscar Wilde sendiri. Kesimpulan yang saya ambil melihat bagaimana kata-kata Lord Goring seolah sebagai ‘final’ dari pembicaraan.

And self-sacrifice is a thing that should be put down by law. It is so demoralising to the people for whom one sacrifices oneself. They always go to the bad. (Lord Goring, Act III)

Intip tentang Character Thursday.

6 responses to “Character Thursday (32) : Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband

  1. fingerprintale

    Mbak bzee, selamat yaaa sudah menang sayembara yes24 ituuuu :3 :3

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  5. putri pratiwi

    Tolong character yang lain juga dong yaa:)

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