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At its peak "the movement had a disdain for any traditional, natural, political, or moral ideals; rather, the importance of nonconformist form and subject matter were fore grounded" (Majer). Wilde suggested that art should hold no purpose in society and merely exist for its beauty. He argued, as any aesthete would, that by giving art a value greater than its beauty, society is in turn ruining it. He also added that art must be looked at as a whole, and only those who can see the complete "picture" can truly understand the meaning behind art, while also seeing into the artist's soul. In the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde portrays aestheticism in many ways, mainly through art and the human soul.
The Beauty of Evil and Its Purpose The essence of evil is a prominent force that is present in human nature so strongly, it controls the ways many choose to act. The sole idea of evil is one that most people feel afraid of, or something that they feel inclined to stay away from. However, most people do not pay attention to the ways in which evil is a necessity, one which balances itself out with the essence of goodness. While violence may be an idea that is for the most part frowned upon, it can be a power that helps to bring consciousness to the flaws that society would face if evil were to be completely nonexistent. Anthony Burgess and Flannery O’ Connor both utilize the idea that evil is a necessary fragment of human nature, as is goodness, by creating characters whose wickedness is needed in order for there to be a proper balance to the world.
My personal weakness of being too nice compares to Hester Prynne’s in the sense that it affects how I look at myself and cuts me off from society. Being too nice can be a bad thing at times, and committing adultery also has a big effect on how you look at yourself. Either way, learning how to deal with your problems, small or big, and working to fix them is the only thing that matters. Even though our problems are nowhere near the same level, it still affects our daily lives knowing that we have those
She is criticizing the other characters. Throughout the book, Austen explains that pride and vanity are not flaws. It’s how society perceives the flaws to each person. “There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil — a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.” Mr. Darcy makes errors because he reflects the decisions society would have made in his