The Theme Of Innocence In Pictures Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

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Living in a generation where passion has nothing to do with your partner anymore and love is confused with lust creates the mindset that the community has been distorted in. Hypnotized to believe that intellect is stupidity and love is just decoration is the message and satire that Oscar Wilde is trying to convey. In Pictures of Dorian Gray, Dorian’s innocence is being influence by outsiders to create his own dystopia by disregarding reality which attacks the mind and leaves evil in Dorian when he realizes that life is more than art. 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…show more content…
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”. The closer that Dorian and Lord Henry got, the more Dorian felt that he could trust Lord Henry. Lord Henry resembles the little demon on the side of your shoulder that whispers all the bad thoughts in your head. He’s the puppet master for Dorian because he toys Dorian into believing whatever he says. He eluded Dorian to believe that Sibyl was never alive and that her death was just another ending of a play because she was just a fictional character. A fixation of the eye. “The girl never really lived, and so she has never really died” (Wilde 113). Being that Lord Henry was such an impactful influence on Dorian, Dorian’s attitude and behavior altered. In the beginning Dorian was looking for love, and someone that could see past his prominence. He was looking for a girl who he could relate to; someone that he shared the same interests…show more content…
Dorian seemed to also have an issue with aging. After drawing a self-portrait of him Dorian made a wish at the beginning of the novel that changed the way he was forever, “If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that-for that- I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in this whole world I would not give! 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
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