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The Picture of Dorian Gray

- “There were passions in him that would find their terrible outlet, dreams that would make the shadow of the real evil” (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....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray 2016]

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The Vampire And The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Within the works of Interview with the Vampire and The Picture of Dorian Gray, there are many found commonalities. These two books are well known for their risky content as well as for their beautiful word usage. To compare, both Anne Rice and Oscar Wilde present a character in their stories whom contains the trait to never grow out of his or her youthful beauty and demeanor. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, the character happens to go by the name of Dorian Gray. Likewise, in Interview with the Vampire, the character’s name is Claudia....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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Frankenstein And The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Monstrosity is not just defined by disfigurement, but also by the actions and obsessions of man. Most, if not all, tales of monsters often came about as exaggerations of sins and immoral actions. Others see men who become too obsessed with the idea of overstepping their own humanity and playing God as monsters in society. Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray reflect this idea. While the painting and the creation mirror the monstrous nature and the sin Gray and Frankenstein enact throughout the course of each novel, both Dorian Gray and Victor Frankenstein are the true monsters....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray Research

- Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray Research Paper Imagine this: your eyes spring open at three in the morning. You sit up anxiously and look around the dark room, inhaling and exhaling as if you just ran for your life, the skin of your forehead and the soles of your hands damp with cool sweat, and eyes darting form the shadows in the corners of the room, at the silhouette of the lamp by the window, briefly at your door, after a nightmare so horrible that you know you will be unable to sleep peacefully through the resto of the night....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The literature that occurred during the Victorian era was another main factor during that time. In this period of time, Gothic literature had become very popular and the novel was seen to be a gothic novel (“The Picture of Dorian Gray; A mirror of the Victorian era, era of Hypocrisy” 1). Gothic literature is portrayed as showing the darkest features in human nature that reveals his or her dark passions, like many of the characters features in the novel (“The Picture of Dorian Gray; A mirror of the Victorian era, era of Hypocrisy” 1)....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is the life of a wealthy, beautiful young man after selling his heart to the devil. The story begins in the late 19th century London in a luxurious painter’s studio where the readers are introduced to Basil Hallward and his dear friend, Lord Henry Wotton. The two characters, Basil and Lord Henry, discussed the portrait of a golden-haired young man that Basil was painting. Lord Henry Wotton was astonished by the sight of the magnificent painting. He believed that the painting was Basil’s finest work....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The Picture of Dorian Gray is an excellent novel that talks about morality and many intrapersonal situations. The events and the exposition begins while Basil Hollward paints an amazing picture of Dorian Gray. Later in the story, at the climax of the novel, Dorian Gray, the main protagonist of the story, kills Basil due to Gray’s uncontrollable anger. This is the climax of the novel because it shows how corrupt Dorian Gray has truly become and how he has changed from being a beautiful, kind, lovely man to an angry monster that nobody recognizes anymore....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The consequences of selfishness are portrayed in Oscar Wilde 's, The Picture of Dorian Gray. The main character, Dorian, is characterized as a selfish and immature young man. He toys with the idea of eternal youth. In doing so, he curses his own fate by selfishly indulging in sensual pleasures. His fall into depravity is mirrored in a portrait of him. As the portrait ages, it mirrors the blackness of his soul. Dorian 's greed for beauty and his desire for gratification lead him to a place of no return....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The significance of choices and what their consequences reveal for the protagonist Dorian in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. As Jean-Paul Sartre once said "we are our choices". An individual 's choices reflect who they are and what they may become. In The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Dorian 's pivotal decision to strike a Faustian bargain causes him to incessantly make poor choices that eventually lead to his demise. This is illustrated through Dorian 's decision to befriend Lord Henry, become engaged to Sibyl Vane, ignore his discovery of the portraits power, and lastly his decision to murder Basil Hallward....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Homosexuality in The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray is a well renowned book written by Oscar Wilde. When first published in July of 1880, the novel was edited and many passages were taken out by the British magazine, Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. These passages that were deleted, included an explicit homosexual relationship between two of the three main characters, Basil Hallward and Dorian Gray. During the 1880’s, the subject matter of the book was not acceptable to society’s standards....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel written by Oscar Wilde. This gothic style story revolves around the protagonist Dorian Gray and his friends Lord Henry Wotton and Basil Hallward in the setting of London, England in 1890. The story is that one day Basil is speaking of a cultured, dignified and attractive gentleman named Dorian Gray to his friend Lord Henry. Lord Henry interested with Basils infatuation with Gray, begs Hallward to introduce him to the fellow. Basil on the other hand does not believe this is a good idea, since he believes Lord Henry will negatively influence Dorian....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- A common saying heard by many, especially in times of rash decisions, is the phrase “you’re only young once.” But what if that wasn’t the case. What if someone had the choice to stay young for eternity, keeping their youthful looks and beauty. The only price though is that they must forfeit their soul. This is the case of Dorian Gray in Oscar Wilde’s critically acclaimed novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. The novel is about Dorian, a beautiful young man, who is drawn into the concept of eternal youth and splendor which ultimately leads to his own demise....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Eternal youth is a universal theme that is flourishing throughout life. Musician Lana Del Rey speaks in her lyrics of her song “Young and Beautiful” when she says, “will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful; will you still love me when I got nothing but my aching soul”, as expressing her thoughts of growing old and being afraid of losing her youth and beauty to the young love that she has. For the love for eternal youth, in which is portrayed in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, the theme is one that is highly faced with multiple encounters of internal conflict intimate with the characters, specifically Lord Henry, Mrs....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- There is a mindset that when you are in love, you are in love with everything about that certain individual. This ranges from their physical appearance to qualities such as personality and humor. Oscar Wilde, one of the most beloved and scrutinized authors in history, toys with the idea that we are often in love for the wrong reasons, which is usually a result of more than one component of love lacking. By inserting various situations which include Basil’s fascination with Dorian and the sparks that first flew when Dorian came across Sibyl Vane, Wilde emphasizes the emptiness that may lie behind ones attraction toward another....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Classic literature is defined as a literary piece that obtains enduring qualities, the morals or meanings of the stories can still be relevant to society years after their initial exposure. “The picture of Dorian Gray”- Written by Oscar Wilde- is a classic example of this. The novel caused controversy around the time of its publishment in July 1890 as it “offended the moral sensibilities of British book reviewers” of the era, even despite the novel being censored in its original publication for “Lippincott’s monthly magazine”....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- (In the Berea Coffee and Tea Shop sitting on a couch is Ms. Crockett drinking Mocha, Ms. Cocker drinking organic tea, and Lord Henry drink a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino in with bendy straw) Ominica Crockett: Do you know I always found the book The Picture of Dorian Gray to have such a questioning theme about Morality. When looking at Lord Henry his life seems to be fine though he is the one who corrupts Dorian. Dorian life seems fine if he could forget the picture, he’s young, handsome and rich. So what his conscience might be ruined, at least in this world he has the perfect life....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Every child has a “monster” that follows them around. Some of them have messy hair and sharp teeth, some claw at the bed or hide under it, and some hide in the dark until children go to sleep. In Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein, she creates an image of a monster with scary looks, a lack of love, and a sense of violence. In Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Gray, he creates a monster throughout the progress of his book. He is quite different from Mary Shelley’s in that he is described as attractive, is overwhelmed with attention, although it is negative; however, also has a sense of violence....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- I. Introduction Thematic statement: Oscar Wilde’s gripping late Victorian horror novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, delivers a thrilling portrait of desire and regret. Thesis: Wilde brings Dorian Gray to life in the novel as a malleable, charming and egotistical dandy whose hedonistic pursuits weave a path to moral turpitude. II. Malleable A. “To me, Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The Gothic is one of the most well known genres in literature, not for the reason that it has been around for centuries, but because of the psychological impact that comes along with it. Gothic literature is one of the few that deals with as stated, the “awful obscurity that haunted eighteenth century rationality and morality (Botting).” However, what is not known is most authors who write Gothic literature may feel like a large portion of science fiction and interest in the futurism, but many pieces also stem from their own personal lives....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The Picture of Dorian Gray presents the reader with numerous possibilities in regards to its theme, yet the one most prominent is the continuous and direct allusion to the Bible as can be seen in the characters themselves, their dialogue, and the imagery surrounding them. As the book opens, two characters are introduced, Basil Hallward, a deeply moral man and an artist who meets Dorian at a party and becomes obsessed with his beauty, which in turn inspires his art; and Lord Henry Wotton, a man of “wrong, fascinating, poisonous, delightful theories” (pg....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- One’s pursuit of the good life can be altered by how much we allow ourselves to be influence by different ideas, groups, or individuals. We can suffer the dangers of egocentrism, which we see in God in America: The New Adam through the Spanish colonists and the Puritans. The other extreme we could suffer is complete conformity to someone else’s vision of the “good life” which is shown in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. In God in America: The New Adam, egocentrism, believing that our vision and ideas are the only truths, can inhibit us from opening ourselves from new ideas and cultures and can even cause gregarious tension and discord between two different cultures of people....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray to me emphasis the corruption that comes from obsessing about aesthetics and the idea that looks are the only things that matter. In this modern era novel Basil Hallward is a benevolent artist who paints a portrait of the young attractive man named Dorian Gray. After speaking with Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian makes a wish while looking at his painting and it would be this wish that turned into a curse that ruined Dorian for Basil and ruined the world itself for Dorian....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde there are many Archetypical images and symbols. In this paper I will example some of these images and symbols in the novel by using the mythological and archetypical approach to literature. In the book, A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature the mythological and archetypical approach critics “is concerned to seek out those mysterious elements that inform certain literary works, and that elicit, with almost uncanny force, dramatic and universal human reactions” (Guerin, Labor, Morgan, Reesman, and Willingham 182)....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Monsters: they are the ones who intentionally and repeatedly hurt others, physically or emotionally, without remorse. Filling minds with paranoia, creeping into the darkest parts of the human psyche, and starring as the lead role in many nightmares, monsters terrorize the happiness and sanity of daily life. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, a scientist with good intent creates life, but he is horrified by his creation’s appearance, neglects to take proper care of it, and causes it to become ultimately wicked....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- There is a strong thematic relationship between the texts; Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray. The texts show us two individuals that are influenced by the outside world to make monstrous decisions. In Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, a scientist with the intention to bring about life to the world ends up bringing about a hideous creature. The scientist, Victor Frankenstein, is horrified by what he has created and wants nothing to do with him, which causes him to become a terrible human being....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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Disregarding Women in The Picture of Dorian Gray

- In the Victorian Era of mid nineteen to early twentieth century, a woman’s role in society remained to be in the household, away from the business and cares of men. The feminine side is portrayed as negative, powerless, and lacking (Kileen 49). Society discouraged women from having power in society and neglecting women represented normal in the eyes of most men and women. However, Victorian novels such as The Picture of Dorian Gray illustrate the consequences of disregarding women. In Oscar Wilde’s only novel, the lack of importance surrounding the female characters and their careless treatment from men results in the selfishness of the male characters exemplified through Dorian Gray’s act...   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray And Siddhartha

- The novels The Picture of Dorian Gray and Siddhartha both demonstrate the theme of long-term verses short-term consequences. A positive or negative consequence is something that happens based on a person’s action (Merriam-Webster). I through both of these novels, readers can contrast how society influences the characters’ actions in order for them to develop and attain their own good life. These actions include weather to stay or leave their society’s grasp. Society influences the characters’ in both novels through their roles in society, influencing their behavior, and by seeing if the person if able to fulfill their goal....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, Novel]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray And The Monster

- A monster is defined as an imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening; so, how can a man be considered a monster. In Oscar Wilde 's The Picture of Dorian Gray and Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein, Dorian and the monster contain overpowering characteristics including the desire to obtain a masculine, physical appearance while maintaining skewed views on inward beauty in which both can be seen as monstrous if taken too far. Dorian and the monster strive for societal acceptance; meanwhile, they do not know how to act in order to receive this acceptance due to underdevelopment in emotion and mental masculinity....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, Emotion]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde follows Dorian Gray 's cursed life after he is poisoned with an obsession with youth and beauty. Dorian pledges his soul in order to trade his inevitable aging with the aging of his portrait, and this leads to the death of his humanity and eventually his own bodily death. I believe that Dorian is poisoned by Lord Henry 's idea 's of hedonism and cherishing youth above all, and this acts as the agent that slowly but surely kills Gray. When Lord Henry first meets Gray, he instills an obsession with youth in him, and leads him to believe that it is the most important part of Gray....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Poison]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

- In the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray written by Oscar Wilde readers are presented with a vast depiction of the art of immorality in the face of ignorant innocence portrayed by the character Dorian Gray. In the beginning it seems to be a quaint novel on artistry and the paradoxical relationship between two lifelong friends by the name of Basil Hallward and Lord Henry. The plot takes a surprising twist when introduced to the real center of attention, the character of the seemingly innocent Dorian Gray....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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The Reader's Sympathy for Dorian from Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

- The French born author, Anais Nin once wrote, “We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative” ("Think Exist Quotations"). Anais is expounding upon the inconsistency all people have in aspects of their personalities. Some days a person may be hailed as a saint for their actions, while other days they seem absolutely evil. In most literature, characters are defined as good or evil based on their revealed thoughts and actions....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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Abstract Aestheticism in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

- 19th century England was entrenched in the idea that art could be used as not only a method of expression, but also one of social advancement. With this idea at its forefront, art suddenly inundated places where art was never previously found, such as social education and morality. In contrast, Oscar Wilde was a key advocate of an idea known aestheticism, a concept that relied on art simply being art. Oscar Wilde played a major role in Victorian England, having a major influence through his writing....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Supernatural in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

- If you can get past most of the superficial and unlikeable characters in The Picture of Dorian Gray, this story does indeed have its place in the horror genre. While I understand the setting and the characters were a reflection of the actual class distinctions during the Victorian time period, I found the shallowness and narcissism of Dorian Gray and his circle of acquaintances tedious. "Fops" came to mind more than once along with "don't these people have a purpose other than to dine out and indulge themselves?" Even the women were for the most part portrayed as imbeciles....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Picture Of Dorian Gray : Aesthetics And Corruption Of The Pure Soul

- The Picture of Dorian Gray: Aesthetics’ Corruption of the Pure Soul Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” introduces the idea that aesthetics – the love and attraction to beauty- can taint the purest soul. The irony that this notion brings forth is evident in Wilde’s story of the young and beautiful Dorian Gray. The protagonist, Dorian Gray, is introduced to a life of luxury, egotistical ideals, and the ultimate appreciation of life and beauty with help from Lord Henry “Harry” Wotton. After witnessing Basil Hallward’s portrait painting of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry had the intense desire to meet the young man....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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Analysis Of Oscar Wilde 's ' The Picture Of Dorian Gray '

- 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....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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Purpose of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

- The book, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is one that has many purposes in it. One purpose in the book shows how individuals can slowly deteriorate because of the evil lying within themselves. The major purpose of this novel is how much power art has over others. When an artist composes a great piece of work, he puts his heart into it. Part of that person is invested into it’s creation, which makes it more than just a statue in a museum, or a picture on the wall. In the novel, more than the artist’s heart is put into his painting....   [tags: Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, ]

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Oscar Wilde 's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray it is unequivocal that a large part of Dorian’s corruption is attributed to Lord Henry Wotton and his cynical, paradoxical teachings. However, it is evident, upon closer inspection, that Dorian’s own nature and the portrait of Dorian himself – although inanimate – plays a much larger part in the deterioration and ultimate demise of Dorian Gray. Throughout the novel it is easy to get caught up in Dorian’s ever-prominent obsession with Lord Henry and his book and forget that Dorian’s own disposition and actions play the most dominant role in his demise....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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Oscar Wilde 's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) follows the story of Dorian Gray; a man gifted with exquisite natural beauty, whose vanity and obsession with his own youth leads him astray in a life of sin. As Dorian slowly loses his innocence, with the obsession of living hedonistically, his portrait suffers the punishment for his sins and growing age. Dorian himself remains untouched in age; however, the portrait reflects the loss of innocence in his pursuit of atheistic and hedonistic lifestyle....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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Oscar Wilde 's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian Gray goes through the Hero’s Journey because of the challenges he had been through, the way he transformed, and his crisis. Wilde says that Dorian’s journey begins with Ordinary World. He is a young and good looking male. He has a normal life till he met Basil and Lord Henry. He now receives the Call of Adventure. When he met Basil at a party, they become friends and everything is still good until he met Lord Henry. He captured the imagination of Basil and for Lord Henry is how he knows that Dorian can do anything with his looks and perfection....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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The Nature Of Oscar Wilde 's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The Wilderness of Wilde Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray introduced cultural taboo, the means of art and beauty, and the internal pain of man into the literary world of the 19th century. Wilde himself went through these phases of life and wanted to push views of his reality onto his audience. He portrays several characters through the means of moral corruption over aestheticism while pushing his own controversial ideas and the limits of social normality, such as living indefinitely and homosexuality, over the audience of his era....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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Oscar Wilde 's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- In Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the character Basil Hallward is enamored with Dorian Gray’s youth and innocence. This love for Dorian is an example of Greek love or boy love that would have been popular during the late Victorian age, especially with the decadence. However, this love would have been frowned upon and in the case of Wilde, legally held against him. In the first chapter of the novel, Basil and Harry began speaking about Dorian. Basil tells Harry of his feelings toward Dorian: The merely visible presence of this lad—for he seems to me little more than a lad, though he is really over twenty—his merely visible presence—ah....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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Oscar Wilde 's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The beauty of a portrait, the adventure of a saga, the delicacy of a porcelain vase, the emotion of a symphony – all forms of art, all forms of expression. Art, as Oscar Wilde explains it, is the “most intense mode of individualism that the world has ever known” (Wilde, The Soul of a Man Under Socialism). Art allows one to express themselves through a thousand mediums using all five senses. It allows words that are not meant to be spoken, to be expressed, and ideas not meant to be thought, imagined....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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Oscar Wilde 's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Oscar Wilde liked to be right. Wait—no, no, that’s not right. Let’s try that again. Oscar Wilde liked people to think he was right. He had the uncanny ability of saying something that sounded good and then doing the exact opposite. Some would call that hypocrisy, but the more popular term for it seems to be “genius” judging by his status as a renowned writer and still-popular celebrity. Genius or not, Wilde knew how to put together a sentence. His life was one for the books, and his book, The Picture of Dorian Gray, is one ripe for the analysis....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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

- 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 is reflected in the changing face of his portrait....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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Evil in The Picture of Dorian Gray:

- Evil in The Picture of Dorian Gray: The Picture Of Dorian Gray is yet another novel portraying evil. The theme is very much reflected by the book's setting, plot structure and characterisation. It shows how individuals can slowly deteriorate because of the evil lying within themselves. The evil of this book is the evil created by one's self and thrusted upon one's self. The power of greed and selfishness take over Dorian Gray and create an ugly evil side to him. The mid eighteenth century was a very influential era, specially in England....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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The Influence of Lord Henry in The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

- 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....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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Use of Floral Imagery and Symbolism in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

- INTRODUCTION: During the Victorian Era, the upper class was known for their proper etiquette. Though there were numerous customs and guidelines, certain behaviors were prohibited as they were seen as inappropriate for various reasons, ranging from subtle flirtation to outright indecency. It was often found impolite or rude to ask or imply certain things about a person, especially because the Victorian Era’s rigid class system in England served as a barrier between genders and social classes. It was in that time period that floriography, also known as the language of flowers, became commonplace in their culture....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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`` Au Lecteur `` By Charles Baudelaire And The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- Oftentimes in life, it seems easier to comply in nefarious acts than to uphold honorable standards. In “Au Lecteur” by Charles Baudelaire and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, the authors both convey their disappointment in humanity. By employing the themes of impulse, boredom, and hypocrisy during the Victorian era both Wilde and Baudelaire argue that a yearning desire for wickedness lies in all human beings and once evil becomes habit the only escape from consequence is death. Through the incorporation of symbolism, Baudelaire and Wilde both echo how sin innately drives human impulse....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, Human]

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Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

- Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray      The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel by Oscar Wilde. The genre of this novel can be classified as a comedy of manners or a gothic novel. The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in 1890 in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. Another version with an additional six chapters was published in 1891. One of the major themes in the novel was the Supremacy of Beauty and Youth. A very attractive man has a portrait painted of himself, and after being warned of the mortality of his youth the man, Dorian, trades his soul to remain young while his portrait bears the markings of his age and evil deeds....   [tags: Wilde Dorian Gray Picture Essays]

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Victorian England and The Picture of Dorian Gray

- Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is just the sort of book that made Victorian England shiver. This decadent masterpiece is anything but a vehicle for the propagation of middle-class morality. We have in Wilde the ultimate aesthete, a disciple of Walter Pater, a dandy who in his personal life seems to have lived out Pater's quiet injunction to "burn with that hard, gemlike flame" in experiencing art and, no doubt, other things. How could Wilde's book, given its affinities with the age's decadent manifestoes--Stèphane Mallarmé's symbolist poetry, Huysmans' À Rebours (Against Nature), Aubrey Beardsley's drawings, The Yellow Book, and so on--serve as a cultural criti...   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays]

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Analysis Of Oscar Wilde 's ' Picture Of Dorian Gray '

- 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....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, Love]

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The Picture of Dorian Gray: The Sins of Dorian Gray

- What good does it do a man to gain the whole world yet forfiet his soul. None, perfection, the goal we all reach for, yet is it really 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 to sin and Hedonism by Lord Henry Wotton....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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Corruption and Consequences in The Picture of Dorian Gray

-       According to the nurture theory of the evolution of human behavior, when a child is first brought into the world it has no basis or idea of how to perceive things. The child is pure and innocent. It is naive to its surroundings, depending on the guidance of those around it to show it the way. When a child is born, most are accompanied by loving nurses, doctors, and parents. The moment this child encounters these other beings, the influences upon the individual begins. Their parents and peers influence their personas and ultimately who they become....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde]

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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: Dorian as Tragic Hero

- The Picture of Dorian Gray:  Dorian as Tragic Hero      In "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, we see a beautiful young man who makes tremendous efforts to transform the actual world into the idealistic world of art, dreams and sensations.  Dorian's quest, however, culminates in his ultimate tragic destruction. Given that Dorian lives a corrupt life, one is likely to focus on the negative aspects of his character.  In spite of his significant character flaws, Dorian Gray may still be considered a hero.  This essay will examine Dorian's degradation from the innocent world to the vicious, sensation-oriented world.  The elements contributing to Dorian’s status of tragic hero will th...   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays]

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Free Essays on Picture of Dorian Gray: The Sin of Dorian

- The Sin of Dorian Gray The beauty of Dorian Gray lies within his youth, but ugly of sin. It is said that something is beauitful than it's not confined to realm of morality and immorality. He beautiful people are immoral. So he purse his curiosity of pleasure by using his body. As a temple of beauty his body it used for exotic pleasure for his twisted mind. Also he tried to evade other moral laws to the purse of pleasure. His soul is unclean of sin and ugliness of a pleasure life. Dorian Gray's innocence's of youthful mind is destroyed....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays]

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- Dorian as Faust in The Picture of Dorian Gray The Picture of Dorian Gray is a rich story which can be viewed through many literary and cultural lenses. Oscar Wilde himself purposefully filled his novel with a great many direct and indirect allusions to the literary culture of his times, so it seems appropriate to look back at his story - both the novel and the 1945 film version - in this way. In many ways, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a retelling of the Faust story. A temptation is placed before Dorian, as with Faust, and he falls for it--offering up his soul to get it....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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The Picture of Dorian Gray Essay: The Soul of Dorian

- The Picture of Dorian Gray "The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought and sold. It can be poisoned or made perfect. There's a soul in each one of us. I know it." This is a statement made by Dorian Gray to his best friend, Lord Henry, a few hours after he realizes that his behavior of the last eighteen years has been absolutely terrible. First I shall explain the way Dorian Gray lost his ability to be good and how he found it again eighteen years later. After Sybil Vane's death, the young lad was first seized by terrible remorse....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays]

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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: The Rotting of the Spirit

- The Rotting of the Spirit in The Picture of Dorian Gray       Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray, makes Basil's life change drastically by having him paint a portrait of Dorian Gray and express too much of himself in it, which, in Wilde's mind, is a troublesome obstacle to circumvent. “Wilde believes that the artist should not portray any of himself in his work, so when Basil does this, it is he who creates his own downfall, not Dorian” (Shewan 36).   Wilde introduces Basil to Dorian when Basil begins to notice Dorian staring at him at a party....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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Essay on The Picture of Dorian Gray as a Moral Book

- The Picture of Dorian Gray as a Moral Book The Picture of Dorian Gray was a remarkably well-written book due to the reaction of its themes by society. In the preface of the novel, Wilde introduces the opinion that "...there is no moral or immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all." Numerous views can be taken upon this fastidious comment. Many would agree that Wilde is justifiably correct because the preface was written with the intention that his readers understand the deeper meaning of the themes than worrying about whether it is considered morally acceptable; or perhaps, the view that it could be considered moral or immoral by the impact it has on the re...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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Picture of Dorian Gray: Influence, Corruption and Conscience

- Influence, Corruption and Conscience in The Picture of Dorian Gray      Oscar Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, explores the themes of influence, corruption and conscience. “The obvious influence of Lord Henry upon Dorian shows how one may corrupt another to such an extent that one's own conscience withers and dies”(Weintraub 116).   Basil Hallward, a painter, knows the corruptive influence that Lord Henry can impose upon his model, Dorian Gray. Basil does not want Lord Henry to even meet Dorian because he is afraid that Dorian will be influenced and ruined....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays]

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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: Looks Can Kill

- Looks Can Kill in The Picture of Dorian Gray                  Have you ever heard the saying, "If looks could kill". Well, they can. Oscar Wilde reveals how looks can be charming, deceitful and even deadly. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, there are three main characters. Dorian Gray, who is a calm, very attractive young man and adored for his good looks, Basil Hallward who is a painter that idolizes Dorian and Lord Henry Wotton, an older man, who becomes a good friend of Dorian's. As Basil is painting a portrait of Dorian Gray, Dorian makes a wish that only the picture would age and he would stay the same....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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Essay on the Gay as a Literary Figure in The Picture of Dorian Gray

- 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." Thirdly, to contend that the humor in this novel, and by extension also in Wilde's plays, is a symptom of the author's fascination with an archetypal "gay." The Picture of Dorian Gray revolves around Dori...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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Criticism of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

- Criticism of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray          The novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, written by Oscar Wilde originally appeared in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine in 1890.  It was then published in 1891, in book form, containing six additional chapters with revisions. The first reviews of Dorian Gray were mostly unfavorable.  It was condemned for its speculative treatment  of immoral or at least uncomfortable subjects. A review in the St. James’s Gazette by Samuel Henry Jeyes, journalist and biographer was titled "‘A Study in Puppydom."   Jeyes refers to Wilde’s idle, “effeminate” characters in the book and writes: “The puppies appear to fill up the intervals of talk by plu...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray]

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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: A Jungian Analysis

-   The Picture of Dorian Gray begins with Basil describing his fascination with Dorian, and ends with his masterpiece reverting to its original splendour. He describes his reaction to Dorian in these words: "When our eyes met, I felt I was growing pale. A curious sensation of terror came over me. I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself." (6) Such a reaction is not a reaction to another human being....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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Free Essays on Picture of Dorian Gray: Denied Talent

- The Picture of Dorian Gray Harry is Pan, the piper who leads Dorian on his path to destruction, decadence, and moral decay. As with Pan, the merry and much-loved god, the victim of the god's attention does not fare well. As Pan had Syrinx and Echo, Harry has Dorian. Pan caused madness and panic with his passions; Harry seems to have had the same result with Dorian. Wilde reveals much of Harry's character in the writing. His is the predominant voice; he delivers most of the dialogue. Is Harry the autobiographical character....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: Discovering Wilde

- 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. For example, when Basil comes to console him about Sibyl's death, he is unwilling to discuss the matter....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde “Like the painting of a sorrow, A face without a heart.” - Hamlet When I went to the movies, I didn’t expect to be so intrigued by the characters that I would want to read about them individually. “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” had many interesting characters: Mena the vampire, Alan Quartermain the hunter, Skinner the invisible man, Nemo the pirate, Dr. Jekyll the scientist, Tom Sawyer of the CIA, and Dorian Gray the immortal....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Essays]

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Analysis of the Women in The Picture of Dorian Gray

- Analysis of the Women in The Picture of Dorian Gray       Sibyl falls head over heels in love with Dorian Gray, willing to commit her life to him after only two weeks. Lady Henry hardly knows her husband, to whom she has been married for some time. Because neither woman is in a stable and comfortable situation, both eventually take drastic measures to move on. Therefore, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, both Sibyl Vane and Lady Henry are weak, flighty, and naive.            The weakness of women is found in various forms throughout the text....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays Oscar Wilde]

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The Perversion of Dorian's Soul in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

- The Perversion of Dorian's Soul in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray         The soul is thought to be an immaterial entity coexisting with our bodies which is credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion.  It is the part of our body which is believed to live on after the body dies.  In Oscar Wilde's, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the main character, Dorian Gray, destroys the innocence of his soul and becomes corrupt. He becomes corrupt by failing to live a life of virtue.  The main reason for his transformation can be attributed to a portrait painted of him that captured the true essence of his innocence.  This portrait is the personification of his soul.  At the be...   [tags: Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray]

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Homosexual Elements in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

- Homosexual Elements in The Picture of Dorian Gray       In spite of the novel's heterosexual text, many critics agree that it has various homosexual elements in its characters, in the dialogues, and even in the portrait itself. One of the critics, Richard Dellamora, mentions this feature of the text, and comments that "By definition this context is heterosexual. Wotton is married and pursues actresses. Basil himself is a graduate of Oxford, a well-established artist, and respectable to a fault" (28)....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde]

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- A Quick Analysis of Dorian Gray The story begins as Basil Hallward, a painter, is working on a portrait depicting a young man named Dorian Gray. His friend, Lord Henry Wotton, is visiting and tells him that he thinks it is the best work Basil has ever done. He wants to know who the young man is in the painting, as his good looks are apparently very striking, but Basil is reluctant to talk about it. Lord Henry insists upon meeting Dorian, and eventually Basil introduces them, after warning Lord Henry not to try to "influence" Dorian, because he is a bad influence....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays]

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A Critique of the Ending of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

- A Critique of the Ending of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray Truly, suspense is a positive attribute – up to a certain point. Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray ends with too many loose ends. What did Alan Campbell do to Dorian that was “stern, harsh, offensive”(Wilde 125). It appears that whatever Campbell did was quite serious: when Dorian threatens to send a letter to someone regarding Campbell’s past misconduct, Campbell agrees to get rid of Basil’s corpse, which is a serious crime in itself....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray]

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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: Art Cannot Substitute Life

- The Picture of Dorian Gray: Art Cannot Substitute Life       The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, is the story of moral corruption by the means of aestheticism. In the novel, the well meaning artist Basil Hallward presets young Dorian Gray with a portrait of himself. After conversing with cynical Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian makes a wish that dreadfully affects his life forever. "If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old. For that I would give everything....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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Essay on Picture of Dorian Gray: The Character of Lord Henry Wotten

- The Character of Lord Henry Wotten of The Picture of Dorian Gray          The purpose of this essay is to explore the character of Lord Henry Wotten, from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde once said: I only know that Dorian Gray is a classic and deservedly. With this in mind, this essay is aimed at looking at how Lord Henry Wotton manipulates various conversations and how he effects the story with his challenging speeches, which is the reason The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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- The Picture of Dorian Gray and the Seduction of the Reader "To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim," writes Oscar Wilde in the famous preface of his classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. One might find it a bit ironic the fact that posterity always has looked upon this book as being more or less an autobiography. Wilde was surrounded by scandals until his death, stirring the strict, Victorian society he lived in with his homosexual bent and libertine views on life. The Picture of Dorian Gray was therefore also regarded by many people as "highly immoral" and has probably earned the title "classic" years after the author's death....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Essays]

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A Rewrite of the Ending (Chapter XX) of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

- A Rewrite of the Ending (Chapter XX) of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray It was a lovely night, so warm that Dorian threw his coat over his arm, and did not even put his silk scarf round his throat. A sealed envelope fell out of his coat pocket. It was from Basil’s Gladstone bag that Dorian had rummaged through before throwing into the fire. In his recent preoccupation, Dorian had forgotten all about the envelope. He now stooped to pick up the fallen envelope and broke open its seal. Out fell a small watercolour portrait....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray]

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The Gothic Tradition in Stoker's Dracula and Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray

- The Gothic Tradition in Stoker's Dracula and Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray Gothic Literature was a natural progression from romanticism, which had existed in the 18th Century. Initially, such a ‘unique’ style of literature was met with a somewhat mixed response; although it was greeted with enthusiasm from members of the public, literary critics were much more dubious and sceptical. Gothic writing is a style of literature that relies upon the evocation of moods, feelings and imagery for impact....   [tags: Dracula Picture of Dorian Gray]

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Manipulation in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

- Manipulation in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray       "I do not think that one person influences another, nor do I think there is any bad influence in the world," Oscar Wilde uttered when under trial (Hyde 353). Although this statement may be true, one of Wilde's most famous works shows a great deal of the effects of people shaping one another, causing one to wonder about Wilde's sincerity in that statement. The Picture of Dorian Gray shows variations on the existence and purposes of influence, displaying two types of personal influence: obvious manipulations such as that of Lord Henry upon Dorian and that of Dorian over Sybil Vane, and those that are more often overlooked such...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays Oscar Wilde]

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The Picture of Dorian Gray - Comparing Dorian to His Self-Portrait

- The Picture of Dorian Gray - Parallel between Dorian and his Self-portrait Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray", presented many themes. One such theme is the idea of doubleness. Oscar Wilde used this as a technique to link his characters and ideas. While doubleness is shown in many aspects of the novel, the most obvious and most important presence of it is the parallel between the main character, Dorian, and his self-portrait. This bond between Dorian and his picture is crucial to the understanding of the novel....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays Oscar Wilde]

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How Art Relates to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

- How Art Relates to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel about a young, handsome, and vain man who has his portrait painted, and impulsively wishes that he could forever remain just as handsome as he is in the painting -- that the painting would age instead of him. He gets his wish in a most eerie way; as, with passing years, he becomes increasingly dissolute and evil, while the changes that one would expect to appear on his face are reflected in the portrait instead....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Picture Dorian Gray Essays]

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