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The Picture of Dorian Gray - “There were passions in him that would find their terrible outlet, dreams that would make the shadow of the real evil” (Wilde,115). The author reveals pleasure as the driving force of many characters within Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, but this search for pleasure becomes fatal once taken into the hands of Dorian Gray. Throughout the novel Dorian Gray changes his opinion on pleasure based on what he requires in order to escape reality. With each death and misdeed he is responsible for; Dorian must search harder for a more drastic form of release....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray 2016]
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Disregarding Women in The Picture of Dorian Gray - In the Victorian Era of mid nineteen to early twentieth century, a woman’s role in society remained to be in the household, away from the business and cares of men. The feminine side is portrayed as negative, powerless, and lacking (Kileen 49). Society discouraged women from having power in society and neglecting women represented normal in the eyes of most men and women. However, Victorian novels such as The Picture of Dorian Gray illustrate the consequences of disregarding women. In Oscar Wilde’s only novel, the lack of importance surrounding the female characters and their careless treatment from men results in the selfishness of the male characters exemplified through Dorian Gray’s act...   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray] 1294 words
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The Reader's Sympathy for Dorian from Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - The French born author, Anais Nin once wrote, “We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative” ("Think Exist Quotations"). Anais is expounding upon the inconsistency all people have in aspects of their personalities. Some days a person may be hailed as a saint for their actions, while other days they seem absolutely evil. In most literature, characters are defined as good or evil based on their revealed thoughts and actions....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray] 2031 words
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Abstract Aestheticism in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - 19th century England was entrenched in the idea that art could be used as not only a method of expression, but also one of social advancement. With this idea at its forefront, art suddenly inundated places where art was never previously found, such as social education and morality. In contrast, Oscar Wilde was a key advocate of an idea known aestheticism, a concept that relied on art simply being art. Oscar Wilde played a major role in Victorian England, having a major influence through his writing....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray]
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The Supernatural in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - If you can get past most of the superficial and unlikeable characters in The Picture of Dorian Gray, this story does indeed have its place in the horror genre. While I understand the setting and the characters were a reflection of the actual class distinctions during the Victorian time period, I found the shallowness and narcissism of Dorian Gray and his circle of acquaintances tedious. "Fops" came to mind more than once along with "don't these people have a purpose other than to dine out and indulge themselves?" Even the women were for the most part portrayed as imbeciles....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray]
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Purpose of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde - The book, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is one that has many purposes in it. One purpose in the book shows how individuals can slowly deteriorate because of the evil lying within themselves. The major purpose of this novel is how much power art has over others. When an artist composes a great piece of work, he puts his heart into it. Part of that person is invested into it’s creation, which makes it more than just a statue in a museum, or a picture on the wall. In the novel, more than the artist’s heart is put into his painting....   [tags: Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, ] 563 words
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The Conscience of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - The Conscience of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray Much of the criticism regarding The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde has dealt with Dorian Gray’s relation to his own portrait (Raby 392). While some may argue that the portrait represents a reflection of Dorian Gray’s character, this is only a superficial analysis of the novel and Dorian’s character. While Dorian Gray’s true character never changes, it is his own perception of his character (his conscience) that is reflected in the changing face of his portrait....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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The Influence of Lord Henry in The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde - In analyzing Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, concepts such as influence and the origin of evil in Dorian Gray play an exceptionally valuable role in understanding the motives of the characters. Although some critics argue characters such as Lord Kelso significantly influence Dorian’s corruption, Lord Henry Wotton’s toxic personality undeniably impacts Dorian the most. Throughout the course of the novel, Lord Henry remains the ultimate source of evil and uses deception and persuasion to poison Dorian from a naïve boy to a destructive monster....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray] 2392 words
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Evil in The Picture of Dorian Gray: - Evil in The Picture of Dorian Gray: The Picture Of Dorian Gray is yet another novel portraying evil. The theme is very much reflected by the book's setting, plot structure and characterisation. It shows how individuals can slowly deteriorate because of the evil lying within themselves. The evil of this book is the evil created by one's self and thrusted upon one's self. The power of greed and selfishness take over Dorian Gray and create an ugly evil side to him. The mid eighteenth century was a very influential era, specially in England....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays] 924 words
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Use of Floral Imagery and Symbolism in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray - INTRODUCTION: During the Victorian Era, the upper class was known for their proper etiquette. Though there were numerous customs and guidelines, certain behaviors were prohibited as they were seen as inappropriate for various reasons, ranging from subtle flirtation to outright indecency. It was often found impolite or rude to ask or imply certain things about a person, especially because the Victorian Era’s rigid class system in England served as a barrier between genders and social classes. It was in that time period that floriography, also known as the language of flowers, became commonplace in their culture....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray]
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Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray      The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel by Oscar Wilde. The genre of this novel can be classified as a comedy of manners or a gothic novel. The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in 1890 in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. Another version with an additional six chapters was published in 1891. One of the major themes in the novel was the Supremacy of Beauty and Youth. A very attractive man has a portrait painted of himself, and after being warned of the mortality of his youth the man, Dorian, trades his soul to remain young while his portrait bears the markings of his age and evil deeds....   [tags: Wilde Dorian Gray Picture Essays]
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Victorian England and The Picture of Dorian Gray - Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is just the sort of book that made Victorian England shiver. This decadent masterpiece is anything but a vehicle for the propagation of middle-class morality. We have in Wilde the ultimate aesthete, a disciple of Walter Pater, a dandy who in his personal life seems to have lived out Pater's quiet injunction to "burn with that hard, gemlike flame" in experiencing art and, no doubt, other things. How could Wilde's book, given its affinities with the age's decadent manifestoes--Stèphane Mallarmé's symbolist poetry, Huysmans' À Rebours (Against Nature), Aubrey Beardsley's drawings, The Yellow Book, and so on--serve as a cultural criti...   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays] 2077 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray: The Sins of Dorian Gray - What good does it do a man to gain the whole world yet forfiet his soul. None, perfection, the goal we all reach for, yet is it really attainable to become perfect without giving something in return, possibly your soul. This is a theme challenged in the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. We see the tragedy of a young beautiful Englishman, Dorian Gray, who becomes a vain sinner dedicated to pleasure. Dorian's inner secrets and weakness of mind becomes his downfall. In this novel Dorian Gray's apparent perfection is destroyed by his weakness of mind and naiiveness, which becomes the downfall of his soul as his mind is opened to sin and Hedonism by Lord Henry Wotton....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray] 535 words
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Corruption and Consequences in The Picture of Dorian Gray -       According to the nurture theory of the evolution of human behavior, when a child is first brought into the world it has no basis or idea of how to perceive things. The child is pure and innocent. It is naive to its surroundings, depending on the guidance of those around it to show it the way. When a child is born, most are accompanied by loving nurses, doctors, and parents. The moment this child encounters these other beings, the influences upon the individual begins. Their parents and peers influence their personas and ultimately who they become....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde] 1639 words
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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: Dorian as Tragic Hero - The Picture of Dorian Gray:  Dorian as Tragic Hero      In "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, we see a beautiful young man who makes tremendous efforts to transform the actual world into the idealistic world of art, dreams and sensations.  Dorian's quest, however, culminates in his ultimate tragic destruction. Given that Dorian lives a corrupt life, one is likely to focus on the negative aspects of his character.  In spite of his significant character flaws, Dorian Gray may still be considered a hero.  This essay will examine Dorian's degradation from the innocent world to the vicious, sensation-oriented world.  The elements contributing to Dorian’s status of tragic hero will th...   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays]
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Free Essays on Picture of Dorian Gray: The Sin of Dorian - The Sin of Dorian Gray The beauty of Dorian Gray lies within his youth, but ugly of sin. It is said that something is beauitful than it's not confined to realm of morality and immorality. He beautiful people are immoral. So he purse his curiosity of pleasure by using his body. As a temple of beauty his body it used for exotic pleasure for his twisted mind. Also he tried to evade other moral laws to the purse of pleasure. His soul is unclean of sin and ugliness of a pleasure life. Dorian Gray's innocence's of youthful mind is destroyed....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays] 598 words
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Free Essays on Picture of Dorian Gray: Dorian as Faust - Dorian as Faust in The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray is a rich story which can be viewed through many literary and cultural lenses. Oscar Wilde himself purposefully filled his novel with a great many direct and indirect allusions to the literary culture of his times, so it seems appropriate to look back at his story - both the novel and the 1945 film version - in this way. In many ways, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a retelling of the Faust story. A temptation is placed before Dorian, as with Faust, and he falls for it--offering up his soul to get it....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays] 3302 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray Essay: The Soul of Dorian - The Picture of Dorian Gray "The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought and sold. It can be poisoned or made perfect. There's a soul in each one of us. I know it." This is a statement made by Dorian Gray to his best friend, Lord Henry, a few hours after he realizes that his behavior of the last eighteen years has been absolutely terrible. First I shall explain the way Dorian Gray lost his ability to be good and how he found it again eighteen years later. After Sybil Vane's death, the young lad was first seized by terrible remorse....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays] 708 words
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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: The Rotting of the Spirit - The Rotting of the Spirit in The Picture of Dorian Gray       Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray, makes Basil's life change drastically by having him paint a portrait of Dorian Gray and express too much of himself in it, which, in Wilde's mind, is a troublesome obstacle to circumvent. “Wilde believes that the artist should not portray any of himself in his work, so when Basil does this, it is he who creates his own downfall, not Dorian” (Shewan 36).   Wilde introduces Basil to Dorian when Basil begins to notice Dorian staring at him at a party....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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Essay on The Picture of Dorian Gray as a Moral Book - The Picture of Dorian Gray as a Moral Book The Picture of Dorian Gray was a remarkably well-written book due to the reaction of its themes by society. In the preface of the novel, Wilde introduces the opinion that "...there is no moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all." Numerous views can be taken upon this fastidious comment. Many would agree that Wilde is justifiably correct because the preface was written with the intention that his readers understand the deeper meaning of the themes than worrying about whether it is considered morally acceptable; or perhaps, the view that it could be considered moral or immoral by the impact it has on the re...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays] 1000 words
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Picture of Dorian Gray: Influence, Corruption and Conscience - Influence, Corruption and Conscience in The Picture of Dorian Gray      Oscar Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, explores the themes of influence, corruption and conscience. “The obvious influence of Lord Henry upon Dorian shows how one may corrupt another to such an extent that one's own conscience withers and dies”(Weintraub 116).   Basil Hallward, a painter, knows the corruptive influence that Lord Henry can impose upon his model, Dorian Gray. Basil does not want Lord Henry to even meet Dorian because he is afraid that Dorian will be influenced and ruined....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays]
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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: Looks Can Kill - Looks Can Kill in The Picture of Dorian Gray                  Have you ever heard the saying, "If looks could kill". Well, they can. Oscar Wilde reveals how looks can be charming, deceitful and even deadly. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, there are three main characters. Dorian Gray, who is a calm, very attractive young man and adored for his good looks, Basil Hallward who is a painter that idolizes Dorian and Lord Henry Wotton, an older man, who becomes a good friend of Dorian's. As Basil is painting a portrait of Dorian Gray, Dorian makes a wish that only the picture would age and he would stay the same....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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Essay on the Gay as a Literary Figure in The Picture of Dorian Gray - The Gay as a Literary Figure in The Picture of Dorian Gray           This paper shall explore the gay as a literary figure based on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. The aim of the essay is threefold. Firstly, to show how the gay is related to two of the most potent archetypal images: those of Dionysos and Apollo. Secondly, to demonstrate that the Wildean gay is profoundly afraid of life, and that his interest in form and aesthetic proportion rests on a principle of "evasion." Thirdly, to contend that the humor in this novel, and by extension also in Wilde's plays, is a symptom of the author's fascination with an archetypal "gay." The Picture of Dorian Gray revolves around Dori...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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Criticism of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray - Criticism of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray          The novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, written by Oscar Wilde originally appeared in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in 1890.  It was then published in 1891, in book form, containing six additional chapters with revisions. The first reviews of Dorian Gray were mostly unfavorable.  It was condemned for its speculative treatment  of immoral or at least uncomfortable subjects. A review in the St. James’s Gazette by Samuel Henry Jeyes, journalist and biographer was titled "‘A Study in Puppydom."   Jeyes refers to Wilde’s idle, “effeminate” characters in the book and writes: “The puppies appear to fill up the intervals of talk by plu...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray]
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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: A Jungian Analysis -   The Picture of Dorian Gray begins with Basil describing his fascination with Dorian, and ends with his masterpiece reverting to its original splendour. He describes his reaction to Dorian in these words: "When our eyes met, I felt I was growing pale. A curious sensation of terror came over me. I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself." (6) Such a reaction is not a reaction to another human being....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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Free Essays on Picture of Dorian Gray: Denied Talent - The Picture of Dorian Gray Harry is Pan, the piper who leads Dorian on his path to destruction, decadence, and moral decay. As with Pan, the merry and much-loved god, the victim of the god's attention does not fare well. As Pan had Syrinx and Echo, Harry has Dorian. Pan caused madness and panic with his passions; Harry seems to have had the same result with Dorian. Wilde reveals much of Harry's character in the writing. His is the predominant voice; he delivers most of the dialogue. Is Harry the autobiographical character....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays] 813 words
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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: Discovering Wilde - Discovering Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray          The Picture of Dorian Gray can be defined as a symbolic representation of a dialectic between two aspects of Wilde's personality. Dorian is an archetypal image by which both aspects are fascinated. This suggests that his behaviour symbolizes Wilde's unconscious (i.e. unacknowledged) attitudes. Dorian is characterized by his evasiveness and his obsession with objets d'art. For example, when Basil comes to console him about Sibyl's death, he is unwilling to discuss the matter....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde “Like the painting of a sorrow, A face without a heart.” - Hamlet When I went to the movies, I didn’t expect to be so intrigued by the characters that I would want to read about them individually. “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” had many interesting characters: Mena the vampire, Alan Quartermain the hunter, Skinner the invisible man, Nemo the pirate, Dr. Jekyll the scientist, Tom Sawyer of the CIA, and Dorian Gray the immortal....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Essays] 1290 words
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Analysis of the Women in The Picture of Dorian Gray - Analysis of the Women in The Picture of Dorian Gray       Sibyl falls head over heels in love with Dorian Gray, willing to commit her life to him after only two weeks. Lady Henry hardly knows her husband, to whom she has been married for some time. Because neither woman is in a stable and comfortable situation, both eventually take drastic measures to move on. Therefore, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, both Sibyl Vane and Lady Henry are weak, flighty, and naive.            The weakness of women is found in various forms throughout the text....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays Oscar Wilde] 1140 words
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The Perversion of Dorian's Soul in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - The Perversion of Dorian's Soul in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray         The soul is thought to be an immaterial entity coexisting with our bodies which is credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion.  It is the part of our body which is believed to live on after the body dies.  In Oscar Wilde's, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the main character, Dorian Gray, destroys the innocence of his soul and becomes corrupt. He becomes corrupt by failing to live a life of virtue.  The main reason for his transformation can be attributed to a portrait painted of him that captured the true essence of his innocence.  This portrait is the personification of his soul.  At the be...   [tags: Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray]
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Homosexual Elements in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - 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)....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde]
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Free Essays on Picture of Dorian Gray: A Quick Analysis - A Quick Analysis of Dorian Gray The story begins as Basil Hallward, a painter, is working on a portrait depicting a young man named Dorian Gray. His friend, Lord Henry Wotton, is visiting and tells him that he thinks it is the best work Basil has ever done. He wants to know who the young man is in the painting, as his good looks are apparently very striking, but Basil is reluctant to talk about it. Lord Henry insists upon meeting Dorian, and eventually Basil introduces them, after warning Lord Henry not to try to "influence" Dorian, because he is a bad influence....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays] 3176 words
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A Critique of the Ending of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray - A Critique of the Ending of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray Truly, suspense is a positive attribute – up to a certain point. Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray ends with too many loose ends. What did Alan Campbell do to Dorian that was “stern, harsh, offensive”(Wilde 125). It appears that whatever Campbell did was quite serious: when Dorian threatens to send a letter to someone regarding Campbell’s past misconduct, Campbell agrees to get rid of Basil’s corpse, which is a serious crime in itself....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray]
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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: Art Cannot Substitute Life - The Picture of Dorian Gray: Art Cannot Substitute Life       The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, is the story of moral corruption by the means of aestheticism. In the novel, the well meaning artist Basil Hallward presets young Dorian Gray with a portrait of himself. After conversing with cynical Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian makes a wish that dreadfully affects his life forever. "If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old. For that I would give everything....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: The Character of Lord Henry Wotten - The Character of Lord Henry Wotten of The Picture of Dorian Gray          The purpose of this essay is to explore the character of Lord Henry Wotten, from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde once said: I only know that Dorian Gray is a classic and deservedly. With this in mind, this essay is aimed at looking at how Lord Henry Wotton manipulates various conversations and how he effects the story with his challenging speeches, which is the reason The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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Free Essays on Picture of Dorian Gray: Tthe Seduction of the Reader - The Picture of Dorian Gray and the Seduction of the Reader "To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim," writes Oscar Wilde in the famous preface of his classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. One might find it a bit ironic the fact that posterity always has looked upon this book as being more or less an autobiography. Wilde was surrounded by scandals until his death, stirring the strict, Victorian society he lived in with his homosexual bent and libertine views on life. The Picture of Dorian Gray was therefore also regarded by many people as "highly immoral" and has probably earned the title "classic" years after the author's death....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays] 1463 words
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A Rewrite of the Ending (Chapter XX) of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray - A Rewrite of the Ending (Chapter XX) of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray It was a lovely night, so warm that Dorian threw his coat over his arm, and did not even put his silk scarf round his throat. A sealed envelope fell out of his coat pocket. It was from Basil’s Gladstone bag that Dorian had rummaged through before throwing into the fire. In his recent preoccupation, Dorian had forgotten all about the envelope. He now stooped to pick up the fallen envelope and broke open its seal. Out fell a small watercolour portrait....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray] 1700 words
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The Gothic Tradition in Stoker's Dracula and Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray - The Gothic Tradition in Stoker's Dracula and Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray Gothic Literature was a natural progression from romanticism, which had existed in the 18th Century. Initially, such a ‘unique’ style of literature was met with a somewhat mixed response; although it was greeted with enthusiasm from members of the public, literary critics were much more dubious and sceptical. Gothic writing is a style of literature that relies upon the evocation of moods, feelings and imagery for impact....   [tags: Dracula Picture of Dorian Gray] 2369 words
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Manipulation in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - Manipulation in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray       "I do not think that one person influences another, nor do I think there is any bad influence in the world," Oscar Wilde uttered when under trial (Hyde 353). Although this statement may be true, one of Wilde's most famous works shows a great deal of the effects of people shaping one another, causing one to wonder about Wilde's sincerity in that statement. The Picture of Dorian Gray shows variations on the existence and purposes of influence, displaying two types of personal influence: obvious manipulations such as that of Lord Henry upon Dorian and that of Dorian over Sybil Vane, and those that are more often overlooked such...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays Oscar Wilde]
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The Picture of Dorian Gray - Comparing Dorian to His Self-Portrait - The Picture of Dorian Gray - Parallel between Dorian and his Self-portrait Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray", presented many themes. One such theme is the idea of doubleness. Oscar Wilde used this as a technique to link his characters and ideas. While doubleness is shown in many aspects of the novel, the most obvious and most important presence of it is the parallel between the main character, Dorian, and his self-portrait. This bond between Dorian and his picture is crucial to the understanding of the novel....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays Oscar Wilde]
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How Art Relates to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - How Art Relates to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel about a young, handsome, and vain man who has his portrait painted, and impulsively wishes that he could forever remain just as handsome as he is in the painting -- that the painting would age instead of him. He gets his wish in a most eerie way; as, with passing years, he becomes increasingly dissolute and evil, while the changes that one would expect to appear on his face are reflected in the portrait instead....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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Aestheticism in The Picture of Dorian Gray - Aestheticism was a popular dogma in the late 1800s that centered on the belief that art should exist for beauty alone. This doctrine is defined as an “exaggerated devotion to art, music, or poetry, with indifference to practical matters” and “the acceptance of artistic beauty and taste as a fundamental standard, ethical and other standards being secondary” (“Aestheticism,” def. 1 and 2). In Oscar Wilde’s sole novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, aestheticism is a fashionable belief accepted by society at the time....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Beauty in The Picture of Dorian Gray - In Oscar Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, beauty is depicted as the driving force in the lives of the three main characters, Dorian, Basil and Lord Henry. Dorian, the main character, believes in seizing the day. Basil, the artist, admires all that is beautiful in life. Lord Henry, accredited ones physical appearance to the ability of achieving accomplishments in life. Beauty ordains the fate of Dorian, Basil, and Lord Henry. The novel embodies the relationship of beauty and morality. Beauty is not based on how attractive an object is to everyone, but how attractive it is to one....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, Novel Analysis] 797 words
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Beauty in The Picture of Dorian Gray - In Oscar Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, beauty is depicted as the driving force in the lives of the three main characters, Dorian, Basil and Lord Henry. Dorian, the main character, believes in seizing the day. "Dorian is described as an addict, having mad hungers that grew more ravenous as he fed them." Basil, the artist, admires all that is beautiful in life. Lord Henry, accredited one's physical appearance to the ability of achieving accomplishments in life. "Lord Henry's moral position in Dorian Gray is akin to that of the devil; he is the initial serpent in the Garden, and continues to coax Dorian to evil throughout the novel." Beauty ordains the fate of Dorian, Basil, and Lo...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Art. It's Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art can be so beautiful or so hideous. So monotonous or poignant. So imaginative or clichéd. So………right or wrong. Art really has no moral, does it. Although the book, The Picture of Dorian Gray has no ethical stance, it was not Oscar Wilde's intention to have a moral. It was to show the splendor of art for art's sake. Through out the paperback of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, wildly shows his beliefs in art for art's sake (Cauti XIV)....   [tags: Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Analysis] 1814 words
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Analysis of The Picture of Dorian Gray - There are so many factors making our choices constrained and even influencing our decisions and thoughts. In The picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian, a beautiful and innocent young man was affected by his portrait, Lord Henry who Dorian trusted him with no reason, and the yellow book which was given by Henry. The wish Dorian made came true. His portrait would change and Dorian stayed who he was. But, facing the horrible changes of his portrait, Dorian started blaming the painter who should not painted of him so that he murdered the painter....   [tags: book, portrait, opiu,, youth, beauty] 946 words
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The (Shallow) Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray presents a keen question on morality: can one cleanse the senses by the means of the soul, and the soul by the means of the senses. Dorian Gray lives out this epigram of Lord Henry’s in an attempt to justify a life of hedonism and over-objectification of beauty. Wilde introduces Dorian as a young man whose beauty rivals the “invention of the oil painting” itself (Wilde 7). Basil Hallward, the painter, claims that Dorian is “absolutely necessary” to him and showers Dorian in compliments as he paints him in Greek and Roman idealizations (7)....   [tags: Literary Characters] 1167 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray - Many people influence our lives, shaping the way we act, talk, and even think. People can affect others in many positive ways; however, they can also corrupt the people around them. In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry influences Dorian Gray to the point where Dorian loses all respect, dignity, and integrity that he had and eventually leads him to experience his downfall. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago clearly feels no allegiance to even one other character in the play yet he makes each feel as if he is his or her personal confidant and most trustworthy friend and advisor....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Oscar Wilde] 1678 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray - Aestheticism is a philosophy in which its followers practice complete self-indulgence. Aesthetic principles teach that the arts, beauty, and youth are absolute over anything else. People who follow this philosophy are very egotistical, and are extremely concerned with appearances. It is often associated with jewelry, painting, music, and perfumes. (insert quote to prove) All followers of Aestheticism put activities pertaining to beauty above anything else. Their priorities hold beauty above attributes such as kindness, morality, and intelligence....   [tags: Aestheticism, Philosophy, Self-Indulgence]
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The Picture of Dorian Gray - Throughout the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, author Wilde's talks about the influence of Henry that causing the effect of the Henry characterization toward the point of view regard to women, marriage and love. In the text, Dorian exposes to the influence of Henry. For instance, after Sibyl's death incident causing Dorian having an emotional breakdown. At this moment, Henry offering Dorian some suggestions, however, the reflection of Dorian emotion afterward can seem a drastic change from sympathy to indifference toward the incident of his lover sibyl's, thus Henry represented a strong imagine of influences of Dorian....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Wilde] 800 words
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Dorian's Transformation in Oscar Wilde's in the Picture of Dorian Gray - In society, there has constantly been the question as to whether people can change or not. Author Oscar Wilde proves in his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, that one can. The question he poses to his readers is “What kind of transformation is shown by the protagonist Dorian Gray: good or bad?” It is possible to think that Dorian Gray has become a better person, not for others, but for himself since he lives in the pursuit of pleasure and always achieves it. However, as it is demonstrated by the portrait, the damnation of the lives of others can provoke damage to one’s conscience and soul....   [tags: society, reputation, responsibility]
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - ... The alliteration “lad's lips, and he leaped” show the fluidity in which the actions occurred. The repetitive l sound shows that Dorian’s emotions happened at once because the l's flow together so do the emotions of pain and surprise that Dorian feels in the moment. Dorian also expresses his pain with the many short bursts of exclamations and questions. He shouts four short exclamatory sentences. “'Dead. Sibyl dead. It is not true. It is a horrible lie!’”. The short, monosyllabic sentences reveal his surprise and inability to complete thoughts and make sense of the situation at hand....   [tags: perception and reality] 702 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - ... When he almost got blackballed at the West End club he believes that “his birth and social position fully entitled him to become a member” (Wilde 103). To Dorian it does not matter what a person does and what kind of person they are in their life but it is more dependent of how highly they are perceived due to their birth or high standing influence in the community. Dorian’s ego is a sign of his vanity and ultimately helps lead to the poor decisions that he makes throughout his life. Dorian’s relationship with Sibyl Vane is purely based on the vanity that Dorian possesses and how he loves beauty and talent....   [tags: vanity of man, man´s downfall] 842 words
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Love or Art in The Picture of Dorian Gray - Love is the greatest gift one could ever give or receive. At times it can be very challenging to distinguish between true love and infatuation. In the novel The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde portrays the love life of Dorian Gray. Dorian’s untamed desire to know everything about life made him hunt for love. This craving caused perplexity between love and infatuation. With a throbbing heart and confused mind, Dorian visits a playhouse and was carried away by the personality and performance of Sibyl Vane....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - ... Basil serves as the moral face of Wilde’s individual whereas Lord Henry symbolizes his desire to live without morals: “Lord Henry often sounds like Wilde, but unlike Wilde, Lord Henry himself is not an artist. (…) Basil is a moralist, not a wit, but he is also a true artist” (Carroll 297). There is a constant correlation between Aesthetic beliefs and morality. Within the novel, Basil exemplifies perfectly this conflict between morals and beauty. He is mesmerized by Dorian’s beauty however still strongly believes in moral values and ethics....   [tags: conflict between Aesthecism and morality] 1973 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - ... Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” Irving S. Saposnik indicates that a “Victorian man was haunted constantly by an inescapable sense of division… As rational and sensual being, as a public and private man…he found himself necessarily an actor, playing only that part of himself suitable to the occasion” (Saposnik 716). Jekyll was respected, so could not be seen doing anything that a poor man would do. He chose to use science to justify his means, creating Hyde. But science has a price to pay. He becomes addicted to not only the potion, but to his chance of exploration....   [tags: power, influence, conscience, luxury] 744 words
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Gothic Elements in The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde`s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is written primarily out of the aesthetic movement of the Nineteenth Century. Therefore, the text contains a profuse amount of imagery which reflects the concepts of beauty and sensory experiences. By taking the aesthetic approach, Wilde was able to revive the gothic style through grotesque imagery of the portrait and the character whose soul it represents. Wilde is not using gothic elements to shock his audiences; rather he uses the gothic to capture the hideousness of Gray`s corruptness which leaks out of the painting and into the tone of the entire text....   [tags: oscar wilde]
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Dorian Gray : Moral Responsibility - In The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, it tells of a man's gradual downfall from innocence to corruption. Even the name of the main character in Oscar Wilde's tale, Dorian Gray, is very symbolic because ‘gray' is the combination of black and white, of good and evil. In many ways, Dorian Gray is the epitome of mankind. Dorian Gray, an innocent and naïve man, becomes corrupted after having one conversation with Lord Henry Wotton. He shows how easily people can become swayed and changed merely by the words of others....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Book Review] 1344 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray - When an artist composes a great piece of work, he puts his heart into it. Part of that person is invested into its creation, which makes it more than just a statue in the park, or a picture on a wall. In Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, more than the artist's heart is put into his painting. Basil Hallward, an artist, paints an amazing lifelike portrait of a man named Dorian Gray. From the moment that these two men met, it was clear that Hallward was infatuated with Gray, and there are several indirect references in the book that he is in love with him-though the author never states either is a homosexual....   [tags: essays research papers] 414 words
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Analysis of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde’s 19th century “The Picture of Dorian Gray” portrays a young, naive man, Dorian Gray, who begins to change because of Lord Henry’s negative influence on him. Wilde first portrays Dorian as a sweet, sensitive man whom everyone admires, he was described as a “wonderful young man”. Dorian was not concerned with money or power, however, once he met Lord Henry Wotton through a mutual friend, Basil Hallward, it was simply the beginning of the end of him, because eventually Lord Henry’s influence pollutes his mind....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism] 1157 words
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The Body, Mind, and Soul in The Picture of Dorian Gray - Dorian Gray is a grand Gothic experiment from the moment in Basil Hallward’s studio when he desperately swears that he “would give [his] soul” if only he “was to be always young, and the picture … was to grow old” in his stead (Wilde 28). Even before this moment, Dorian was a test subject of Lord Henry’s, who wanted to see how many of his own ideas he could inject into the boy. This influence rapidly planted in Dorian the ideas of eternal youth and beauty and led to the encasement of his soul in the portrait....   [tags: Human Nature]
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The Mind, Body and Soul in The Picture of Dorian Gray - From the moment that Dorian makes his desperate plea in Basil Hallward’s studio – “If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old. …I would give my soul for that!” – he is a grand Gothic experiment (Wilde 28). Even prior to this, Dorian was a test subject of Lord Henry’s, who wanted to see how many of his own ideas he could inject into the boy. This influence rapidly planted in Dorian the ideas of eternal youth and beauty, and led to the encasement of his soul in Basil’s portrait of him....   [tags: Victorian Literature] 1379 words
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Analysis of Oscar Wilde´s The Picture of Dorian Gray - “The picture of Dorian Gray” is considered the most important work of Oscar Wilde_a greatest English literary writer in nineteenth century. Wilde’s style is typical for the gospel of “Art for art’s sake”, it is also the reason why the fans of Gothic literature would find this novel absolutely attractive. The novel was written in 1891 which told a story about the life of a young man, Dorian Gray, or to be more exact, his spiritual life. The author touched upon many problems of contemporary life: morality, art and beauty in particular....   [tags: morality, art, beauty, spiritual] 523 words
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Pursuit of Individualism in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - ... Furthermore, Dorian’s concerns remain solely on himself. He believes that “It was better not to think of the past. Nothing could alter that. It was of himself, and of the future he had to think” (210). Dorian’s feelings are highlighted along with his personal desires and worries. It mentions, “James Vane was hidden in a nameless grave…Alan Campbell had shot himself…but had not revealed the secret that he had been forced to know…Basil Hallward’s disappearance would soon pass away…He was perfectly safe there” (210)....   [tags: emotions, past, words, punctuation] 648 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde - Dorian has accepted that his soul is full of sin. When he shows Basil his true form, the one with sin written across its face, he believes he has no hope to be good. He let's Basil in on the truth because the guilt of watching Basil praise him despite the rumors about him is too much to bear. Basil is shocked to see the gross, wrinkled effigy of Dorian and implores that they ask God for forgiveness. He believes there is still a chance, and Dorian only needs to repent his sins. Dorian says with skepticism,“It is too late, Basil” (Wilde, 140)....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Grey shocked its earlier readers by its hints of abominable sins and was later used as evidence against him at the Old Bailey trial in 1895. The novel follows a young man who’s exquisite beauty captures the attention of an extremely talented yet somewhat conventionally minded artist, Basil Hallward, believing his boyish charm to be responsible for a breakthrough in his career. Dorian, in the opening chapters of the novel, meets Lord Henry Wotton, a close friend of Basil's, quickly becoming beguiled by the seemingly sophisticated man’s views of the world....   [tags: abominable sins, story and character analysis] 2802 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde In the book, The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, there is a character named Lord Henry Wotton. He is the story's antagonist and whom critics often think most resembles Oscar Wilde. Wilde remarks "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks of me: Dorian what I would like to be-in other ages perhaps." Within the preface of The Picture Of Dorian Gray, there lie the lines "Those who go beneath the symbol do so at their peril....   [tags: Papers] 496 words
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The Significance of the Portrait in The Picture of Dorian Gray - The Significance of the Portrait in The Picture of Dorian Gray The portrait in the book was originally painted by Basil Hallward who believed it was the greatest thing he had ever done. Everyone admired the painting and it wins him the respect of all his friends. Another significance of the portrait to Basil Hallward is that it poignantly turned out to be the cause of his own death when Dorian madly murders him, as he was the man who painted the portrait that went so wrong. "The mad passions of a wild animal stirred within him…" (Dorian Gray) This shows how angry and disturbed Dorian had become....   [tags: Papers] 586 words
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Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - What is the author trying to say about life through this book. Explain why you think so. I am not to sure on exactly what the author is trying to say through this book. I think he is telling us to live a full and moral life. Well I don't think he expects us to lead a completely moral life, but because of the picture of Dorian's soul I think he was trying to say lead a good life. He wants us to know that we can sin, its completely normal, but the more you do it the uglier your soul gets....   [tags: English Literature] 1195 words
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The Writing style of Oscar Wilde in His Story: The Picture of Dorian Gray - ... The last line of the passage indicates that the ideas are supposed to be Dorian's, but the narrator's first person ‘I’ in the answer to the rhetorical question implies that they are the narrator's thoughts as well. But however, the narration is really thoughtful and complete, if nothing. The figurative language is one of the most prominent elements of writing style in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Symbolism, metaphor and allegory are the most common ones. The most noticeable allegory is the picture itself, which is an interpretation of Dorian's soul....   [tags: Language, Vocabulary, Narration] 594 words
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Killer Instincts in Oscar Wilde's Novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray - ... In a heated conversation, Basil asks Dorian to see his soul, and Dorian decides to show him the portrait, as it is essentially his soul. Dorian believes that, “the man who painted the portrait that was the origin of all his shame was to be burdened for the rest of his life with the hideous memory of what he had done,” (Wilde 129). This shows that Dorian despises Basil because he is the artist behind the portrait, which haunts him. He wants Basil to suffer, and this later results in Dorian killing Basil....   [tags: deceive, love, conscience]
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Artists and Their Muses in Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and Woolf's To the Lighthouse - ... Mr. Ramsay desires that his ideas remain important and in a state of stagnation for years to come but he is also confronted with the idea that Lily realizes, everything comes to an end. Mr. Ramsay’s ideation is also present within Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. The idea of legacy is clearly shown when Dorian Gray has a moment of pure envy and states, “I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die” (Wilde 29). While Mr. Ramsay desired the stagnation of his philosophical ideas and literature Dorian desires the stagnation his own of beauty....   [tags: legacy, painting, immorality]
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Reflections of the Author's Personality in Different Characters of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wild - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde remains an enigma in literary circles. Is it a scathing commentary about the philistinism of the Victorian time period. Is it a morality tale against allowing the influence of others to overcome one’s own individualism. Is it a criticism of a society that values youth and beauty over morality and substance. All of these have been the focus of scholarly inquiry in the century since the novel’s release. However, its most fascinating line of examination involves the author himself....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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New Hedonism in The Picture of Dorian Gray: A Lifestyle Doomed to Destruction - In the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde the eponymous character Dorian follows the lifestyle of New Hedonism. This lifestyle advocates a complete abandon to your impulses, and does not believe in following social dictates or morals. The book illustrates the long-term effects of new hedonism, showing the destruction and death Dorian creates due to following this creed, eventually leading him to complete madness and his own destruction. When Dorian Gray first meets Lord Henry at the studio of artist Basil Hallward, he is fascinated with Lord Henry’s wit and the radical social doctrines that he advocates....   [tags: Literature Review]
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Duality of Man and Soul - Duplicity of Man and Soul A doppelganger by definition is a double or counterpart of a person or an alter ego of a person (Dictionary.com). Everyone has a doppelganger that influences their lives every day in their decisions they make. Their doppelgangers are their suppressed selves and, if uncovered, will reveal to the world the kind of people they genuinely are. What one may show on the outside could be completely different from what they truly feel. One can really know a person only once he fully knows the person that he is on the inside....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray] 906 words
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Right and Wrong in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams - Morality, defined as the “beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior,”(“Morality”) is the substructure of our integrity and the column of virtuousness. The opposite of this, immorality, is the corruption of one’s being, becoming more wicked in nature. With morals, a person is held to a certain set of standards and demeanor, but if these morals were to become corrupted, a person’s moral boundaries would crumble, leaving the person vulnerable to misguiding influences and allowing for a certain barbarous freedom to uproot the integrity and virtuousness a moral person upholds....   [tags: morality, immorality, corruption]
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