You are the company that you keep. You need to be aware of the people you hang around and what their decisions are because what they do can rub off on you in either a positive or negative way. Without your knowledge you will pick up their slang, dress the way they dress and act the way they act. Your beliefs will no longer be yours and before you know it, your mindset will reflect their thoughts. Basil was aware of this in the beginning of the book when he became conscious to the fact that Lord Henry see’s nothing more than a pretty picture making him realize that Lord Henry would be a bad influence on Dorian. Lord Henry was anxious to meet Dorian but the way he thinks questioned Basil and made him ponder on the two of them meeting. “Don’t spoil him. Don’t try to influence him. Your influence would be bad” (Wilde 17).
Dorian is fresh, young, and handsome, meaning that he’s naive to the way that things occur in the world he lives in. When you arrive in a new setting that you’re not used to you sort of just join the crowd and attempt to fit in. Dorian’s at the age where he is easily influenced by anything anyone says, especially if they are older because “the older you get, the more wise you become”. Th...
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...ive! I would give my soul for that!” (Wilde 29). The old saying is be careful what you wish for because your wish might come true, and it might not be exactly what you had in mind. Dorian is a prime example of this because when he returned to his portrait the day after Sibyl committed suicide, he noticed that the portrait changed. The portrait reflects his conscience. After realizing this, he decides to hide away his drawing and never show it to anyone.
Dorian was so self-conscious about his drawing that he felt he had to eliminate anyone who would see it because it would ruin his elite reputation. If anyone were to see the drawing they would scope out what is really going on in Dorian’s mind. Basil came over the next day and Dorian barely got away with hiding the picture. When Basil left Dorian got help from Mr. Hubbard and they hid the picture in an old schoolroom.
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