Dorian Gray Essays

  • Dorian Gray

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    imperialism and Ireland’s own internal stimuli that manipulated history. For Anderson this superficial encounter leaves no variables that could determine good or ill intent on the part of the English. In Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, we follow the young Dorian Gray as Lord Henry Wotton first introduces him to a new way of being. Lord Henry believes that the only way of being is to understand that beauty is the only worthwhile trait of life. Wilde writes “, Lord Henry looked at him . . .

  • Dorian Gray

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    child is slowly losing its naivety, and become more conscious of its surroundings, and the way others behave around it. This child starts to have its own opinions; opinions forged by the influence of society. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde portrays Dorian Gray as being as innocent as a new born; with the morals of a perfect gentleman, and the soul of snow by emphasizing his beauteous and young nature. Then purposely, Oscar Wilde introduces corruption into the story in the form of Lord

  • Dorian Gray

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    Picture of Dorian Gray Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or is it? Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray deeply expresses its thoughts on the importance of outward beauty in both its characters and descriptions of the environment. The importance of beauty is a very integral part of the novel in both scenery and character development. Dorian’s constant inner conflict between him and the portrait and how it ultimately leads to his death. Lord Henry and his first interaction with Dorian that leads

  • Dorian Gray

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    stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” In Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde discredits this proverb and shows that words can indeed take over one’s life and damage it forever. In this novel, the reader witnesses Dorian Gray’s fatal bargain, his temptation to explore lust, and his futile attempt to escape his narcissistic behavior. We see this corruption in Dorian as he encounters life’s struggles, particularly from constantly being under the influence of Lord

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray: The Sins of Dorian Gray

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    attainable to become perfect without giving something in return, possibly your soul. This is a theme challenged in the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. We see the tragedy of a young beautiful Englishman, Dorian Gray, who becomes a vain sinner dedicated to pleasure. Dorian's inner secrets and weakness of mind becomes his downfall. In this novel Dorian Gray's apparent perfection is destroyed by his weakness of mind and naiiveness, which becomes the downfall of his soul as his mind is opened

  • Dorian Gray Hypocrisy

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    these concepts, particularly not The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. This fictional novel displays the deepest recesses of man’s heart, and the influence of art, vanity, and personal views of others. In Oscar Wilde’s philosophical fiction novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the author explores the corruption of Plato’s Aesthetic by society, and whether or not there is such thing as goodness. In Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, the author alludes to Plato’s Aesthetics in order

  • Dorian Gray Sexism

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    The three main characters of the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray have many characteristics of the author of this one, but the character that represents the author Oscar Wilde is the protagonist. Oscar Wilde was a very controversial author of the Victorian era , as critical to the British Society through time of his books and had legal problems for their sexual preferences. in his time homosexuality was frowned upon , the men could not have romantic relationships between them and that this was a

  • Indulging Dorian Gray

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    much like Basil Hallward, the painter in The Picture of Dorian Gray, the story of a young man’s soul that he trades for the eternal youth and beauty of a portrait. Dorian’s sins are painted onto the canvas while his own face is left unmarred by the horrible acts he commits. Dorian is a young, naïve, innocent boy; with an impressionable nature that allows him to become seduced by Lord Henry’s fantastical views on life, love, and beauty. Dorian soon realizes the power his own beauty possesses, and hastily

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

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    (Wilde,115). The author reveals pleasure as the driving force of many characters within Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, but this search for pleasure becomes fatal once taken into the hands of Dorian Gray. Throughout the novel Dorian Gray changes his opinion on pleasure based on what he requires in order to escape reality. With each death and misdeed he is responsible for; Dorian must search harder for a more drastic form of release. His path declines from his innocent beginnings with Sybil

  • A Portrait of Dorian Gray

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    A Portrait of Dorian Gray “He began to wonder whether we could ever make psychology so absolute a science that each little spring of life would be revealed to us”. Lord Henry spent many days merely philosophizing about the power of the mind and how it could be manipulated. Exercising his abilities of control and influence was what Harry lived for, and when Dorian uttered the fateful phrase wishing to trade places with the portrait, he was not striking a bargain with the Lord of Darkness, but

  • Dorian Gray Filibusterism

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    Basil Hallward, the artist who paints the soul of Dorian Gray, can be seen as the book’s only positive character. Basil seems to be too pure for the aesthetic period that surrounds him. When he paints what can clearly be called his masterpiece, Basil offers to give it away instead of showing it off, where it would grant him fame and fortune. He gives the painting to Dorian because his is afraid that he revealed too much about himself on the canvas. Dorian is worried that the viewers will be able to tell

  • Dorian Gray Greed

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    In the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, author Oscar Wilde explores many different central themes. Of these themes, one of the most prominent is that of greed and its consequences. Wilde conveys this theme through the actions and words of the main characters. Throughout the novel, none of the three central characters ever truly realize and acknowledge the consequences of their greed. Each character can be classified as blind to their actions in their own ways. All of Dorian’s actions revolve purely

  • Dorian Gray Influence

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    thoughts and actions of others either deliberately or unintentionally. In the novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde it is evident that various characters influence one another’s actions and thoughts. The novel demonstrates various occasions of impact by others. Such as Dorian’s influence on Basil Hallward, as well as Lord Henry Wotton’s multiply influence on Dorian Gray, and additionally Dorian Gray’s influence towards Sibyl Vane. Relationships can have the dominance to not only have a control

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

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    is the most important aspect of life. In the picture of Dorian Gray, Aestheticism and Hedonism are very active philosophies used by the novel’s characters. Lord Henry influences Dorian to follow these teachings, and as a result Dorian becomes intensely vain and selfish. The portrait is in direct correlation with the immoral influence and the intense vanity. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde effectively uses the portrait of Dorian Gray as a symbol to satirize the adverse effects that social

  • The Monster Dorian Gray

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    In the Victorian era where vanity was the main attraction, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray gave insight into the true horrors that came of this sinful nature. Wilde was a very controversial figure and he meant to stir the pot when he wrote this disputed story. He believed that literature was not only meant for the imagination, but for the moral mind as well. In The Picture of Dorian Gray he depicts the importance of becoming a well rounded individual and also explains himself. In one

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

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    people around them. In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry influences Dorian Gray to the point where Dorian loses all respect, dignity, and integrity that he had and eventually leads him to experience his downfall. In William Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago clearly feels no allegiance to even one other character in the play yet he makes each feel as if he is his or her personal confidant and most trustworthy friend and advisor. Dorian Gray influences over unfortunate youths and leads them

  • The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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    Picture of Dorian Gray. Controversial works that were explicitly differently from the works of his time period. Works such as that of The Picture of Dorian Gray heavily criticized by his fellow peers and even used against him for the morals it implied. Such things as morals and fear of critics held no influence on his creative works or his life choices. Aestheticism, morality, homosexuality, and gothic elements in Oscar Wilde's life serve as an influence to The Picture of Dorian Gray. The subject

  • The Comparison of Dorian Gray

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    the book, the Story of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is about a gentleman who deals his soul for eternal youth, and lives a hedonist lifestyle that goes terribly wrong. Dorian Gray loses his fiancé to suicide, which resulted in his first sin revealing itself in the painting. After Sybil Vane dies, her brother, James seeks revenge on Dorian. Subsequent to that, Dorian goes on to kill his friend, Basil Hallward, the painter of his portrait. In the end, Dorian Gray finally accepts his guilt and tries to

  • Dorian Gray Marxism

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    Furthermore, Faustus and Gray are driven to pursue their desires and use their ‘powers’ without having any consequences. As the fiction The Picture of Dorian Gray progresses, this is represented through association with vulnerable characters. Firstly, he catapults spiteful words towards Sibyl, leaving the once blooming lover that "lay there like a trampled flower". In this simile, it is evident that Gray used his patriarchal power to stamp over the female's career and love to the point of no return

  • The Conscience of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

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    The Conscience of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray Much of the criticism regarding The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde has dealt with Dorian Gray’s relation to his own portrait (Raby 392). While some may argue that the portrait represents a reflection of Dorian Gray’s character, this is only a superficial analysis of the novel and Dorian’s character. While Dorian Gray’s true character never changes, it is his own perception of his character (his conscience) that