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Homosexual Elements in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Homosexual Elements in The Picture of Dorian Gray

    In spite of the novel's heterosexual text, many critics agree that it has various homosexual elements in its characters, in the dialogues, and even in the portrait itself. One of the critics, Richard Dellamora, mentions this feature of the text, and comments that "By definition this context is heterosexual. Wotton is married and pursues actresses. Basil himself is a graduate of Oxford, a well-established artist, and respectable to a fault" (28). However, he also remarks the intensity of male friendships, and referring to Basil, he continues "Later, he repeatedly enjoins Dorian to conformity. Both older men live in a network of male friendships that ramify through the novel " (28). As we can infer from what Dellamora says, it is obvious that all the homosexual events are happening in a heterosexual milieu. Examples of this situation might be Dorian's love for Sybil, and Lord Henry's marriage, which make them seem rather heterosexual men.

            In this narrative, we mostly see the homosexuality as a male desire, in...

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Works Cited

Cohen, Ed. "Writing Gone Wilde: Homoerotic Desire in the Closet of Representation" PMLA 102  (1987): 801-13.

Dellamora, Richard. "Representation and Homophobia in The Picture of Dorian Gray" The Victorian Newsletter 73 (1988): 28-31.

Gold, Barri J. "The Domination of Dorian Gray" The Victorian Newsletter 91 (1997): 27-30.

Jullian, Philippe. Oscar Wilde. New York: The Viking Press, 1969: 213-223.

Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of  Dorian Gray. London: Penguin English, 1992.


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