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."
1.Introduction The picture of Oscar Wilde is still fuzzy and incomplete but in the popular imagination, he remains an iconic, larger-than-life figure – largely because of his public persona and modus vivendi: He was a flamboyant dandy and a brilliant wit; a refined, decadent aesthete. Professionally, he produced excellent prose pieces and composed arguably mediocre poetry, and he vociferously proposed unconventional theories and principles of art and aesthetics. Yet, Wilde continues to be shrouded in a dense cloud of mystery: he is, above all, an insoluble enigma. While he may at times give away the real and authentic nature of his complex self, at other times this self cunningly conceals itself behind a mask .
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.
Additionally, Wilde’s intense relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas is the inspiration for this poem. Elements like the speaker’s attitude provide evidence to to this claim. The speaker’s attitude is pondering and observant. He is observing the situation and analyzing what is happening. This is how Wilde felt in his relationship with Douglas. Participating in an affair, especially one with a man, was uncharted territory for him. He had to learn through trial and error. Unfortunately, his relationship also faced more stress due to a great deal of scrutiny the couple was under. Their relationship was not viewed as genuine. Society thought that their relationship was not genuine because it was a relationship between two men. Lust was considered
Oscar Wilde is a very well known author, playwright, and poet for his highly complimented works. These include The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as many other plays and poems. He is known around the world for his wit, exuberant style and notorious imprisonment for homosexuality. Oscar Wilde was born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin and was a very well liked literary figure in the late Victorian England times.
Imprisonment for homosexuality was a particularly tragic end for an artist who believed that style—in life as well as art—was of utmost importance. That Wilde became a literary artist in the first place is not so surprising since, as H. Montgomery Hyde reported in Oscar Wilde: A Biography, his mother was a poet and Irish revolutionary who published under the name "Speranza," and his father a successful eye and ear surgeon in Dublin and "author of a work which remained the standard textbook on aural surgery for many years." Though his background was literary and professional, it was anything but stable. His mother doted on him as a child and, according to Hyde, "insisted on dressing him in girl's clothes." Dr. William Wilde was a notorious philanderer,
The start of Wilde’s career really began in the years he was enrolled at Magdalen College in Oxford. One of his successful pieces was named Ravenna, a poem which received the prestigious 1878 Newdigate Prize (The Poetry Foundation). In 1879 Wilde settled down in London where, two years later, he published his first book called Poems. This was a collection of some of his poems that had already been published elsewhere (The Poetry Foundation). Wilde’s career had already taken huge strides to success, but when he married Constance Lloyd in 1884, he had no choice but to accept a job at Woman’s World magazine (Brdnik). This job helped Oscar Wilde support his wife and two children at home. While employed at Woman’s World magazine,Wilde edited and submitted other people’s work before publishing it. This lead to the publishing of his one and only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, in 1891 (Brdnik). This novel did not receive such great success from the public for having strong homosexual overtones. That same year, Wilde was caught with having an affair with ...
The Homosexual Image in the Wilde Trials: Trying a Man and a Model For a modern audience, Oscar Wilde represents a quintessential example of homosexuality, especially among notable historical figures. However, this audience may not realize how much influence Wilde had over popular conceptions of homosexuality; in fact, many believe that Wilde’s trial in fact represented the birth of the popular homosexual image. If critics like Alan Sinfield and David Halperin are to be believed, the Wilde trials served as the crucible for the concept of the male homosexual. As the many nineteenth-century models of male sexuality came under trial, the rhetoric of Queensberry’s defense in Wilde’s first trial was critical in the convergence of these models to
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish writer, essayist, editor and poet. He was the second of three children born to Sir Robert Wills Wilde and Jane Francesca Wilde in Dublin, Ireland. Both parents were successful; Wilde’s mother was a writer and his father a surgeon. Wilde became fluent in German and French very early in life. After his initial years of schooling at home he attended Porotra Royal School in Enniskillen, Trinity College in Dublin and Magdalen College in Oxford. Wilde excelled in his studies and began to build his reputation as a poet.
Oscar Wilde is a famous writer who was born in Dublin, Ireland on October 16, 1854. Wilde’s birth name was Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. His father, William Wilde was a doctor who later founded St. Mark’s Ophthalmic Hospital and his mother, Jane Francesca Elgee, was a poet. Oscar attended Portora Royal School, Trinity College, and Magdalen College in which he graduated in 1878. He received several awards and scholarships for the excellence he has shown in his academics. While Oscar Wilde was in New York during 1882, he met with Henry Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Walt Whitman. When Wilde returned to England, he married Constance Lloyd in 1884 and they had two sons together. He then started to work for a magazine called Lady’s