Prompt #1 - The many faces of a portrait In Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’, the portrait shapes Dorian’s life by manipulating his behavior and perceptions in a negative way. Throughout the novel Dorian aspires to be superior to the painting because of the many sins that are reflected through it. The portrait becomes more hideous because Dorian is extremely corrupted with looks and sex. Between Lord Henry and the painting Dorian truly becomes a monster. Dorian takes in the superficial ideas of life, hoping to reinvent himself, and become a completely different person.
Basil - the embodiment of service to art, Lord Henry - the embodiment of the philosophy of pleasure, and Dorian - a man who decided to make my life as beautiful as the art. In the novel of a young man Dorian Gray who worked as the model... ... middle of paper ... ...his is the terrible price of disregard for morality. It is, therefore, not be heroes watch themselves at present. By trying to kill morality and conscience, he had killed himself. Thus, in the plot of the novel lies Oscar Wilde shows us the main idea of the aesthetics of unconditional superiority of art over real life.
He is faced with a choice stay with God or turn and get more than he could desire. It is this use that is most interesting and appropriate for the time in which it was written. In the 16th century, things were divided between good and evil. Anything that was not in line with the teachings of the church such as Faustus’s use of magic was said to be influenced by evil. Thus, by using his opposing angels, he defines the attitudes and b... ... middle of paper ... ...s of Faustus he lays out the process of decision making while adding a comical yet all too familiar line to the story.
Dorian Gray fell victim to Lord Henry Wotton just as Oscar Wilde was encouraged by and in love with Lord Alfred Douglas. Both writer and character believed that they were above the law, biblical and social. In the novel: The Picture of Dorian Gray, both good and evil are represented and clearly evil prevailed, in the sense that Dorian Grey died unrepentant. While reviewing The Picture of Dorian Gray many critics have seen it as a debate between two of its major characters, Basil Hallward and Lord Henry Wotton. Basil and Lord Henry represent a choice between good and evil.
In conclusion, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and the film, Dorian Gray (2009) have many differences between the plots, characters and themes. The most significant change in plot is the fight with Dorian Gray and Sibyl Vane, as in the harshness of the fight that ensued to make her commit suicide. I believe that the creation on the Emily Wooten character was done for the purpose to get Dorian Gray to right his wrongs. All in all, Dorian Gray is easily influenced by Lord Henry, but also tries to be a decent person in the end, because of the reminder of the picture of all his sins. With Dorian’s death ends the curse and his wrongdoings are transferred to his body to show how sinful Dorian Gray truly was.
Dorian is cruel because his harsh words had been the tipping point that causes her suicide. When "the quivering, ardent sunlight showed him the lines of cruelty round the mouth as clearly as if he had been looking into a mirror after he had done some dreadful thing,” Dorian becomes very concerned with how his argument with Sybil could get him into trouble (Wilde 102). Wilde uses a simile to represent how the portrait is a representation of Dorian’s soul. The mirror image of the soul is exposed in the portrait as to how Dorian is going downhill with his morals. Whi... ... middle of paper ... ... he aged, all he had accomplished was going into a cycle that brought him back where he started.
Throughout the novel, Dorian encounters and is entrapped by the temptation of evil and falls victim to the words that changed and ended his life. He allowed the fantasy of youth to control him, the obsession to engulf him and the hatred to destroy him. Although Dorian ultimately kills himself with the knife that is stained with Basil’s blood, the influence of words alone proved to be the weapon that dealt Dorian his demise.
After listening for quite a while to Lord Henry's views, Dorian begins to change his own to match them, and therefore begins to live a life of immorality. The yellow book is a device that Lord Henry uses to further corrupt and drive Dorian deeper into the pits of sin. Through Lord Henry's influence, the changes in Dorian Gray, and the impact of the yellow book, Oscar Wilde efficiently reveals The Picture of Dorian Gray as a moral book. Lord Wotton sees Dorian as "wonderfully handsome...all of youth's passionate purity," and cannot resist the t... ... middle of paper ... ...self from the influence of this book. Or perhaps...that he never sought to free himself from it."
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. Shortly after meeting Dorian for the first time, Lord Henry calmly declares, “to influence a person is to give him one’s own soul” (20). In these few words, Lord Henry foreshadows the entirety of his relationship with Dorian throughout the novel.
Today, with the introduction ... ... middle of paper ... ...eople created the monsters inner ugliness by prejudging it and then moan about it when it turns evil. To conclude Shelley makes the reader have sympathy for the monster and then destroys it using different methods. She uses narration, settings, symbolism and the characters themselves to do so. She also structures the poem in such a way that the reader feels disgust and sympathy at various times. The monster is a successful literary character because he makes you change your mind on whether you like or loathe him.