Dorian, the immoral aesthete; Basil, the moral artist; Lord Henry, the amoral critic. Dorian, who in the pursuit of physical sensations aestheticizes every aspect of his life and simultaneously thinks he can act with impunity, keeps neglecting “the visible emblem of conscience”, the portrait (Wilde 75). Following the primrose path, he finds, is self-destructive, not self-promoting. Basil and Lord Henry, both artists in their own right, paint and write Dorian. One of them has good intentions.
In reference to Oscar Wildes novel/social critique "The Picture of Dorian Gray" seen in Figure G, the main character Dorian Gray embodies the ultimate aesthetic lifestyle by pursuing personal gratification. Yet, while he enjoys these indulgences, his behaviour eventually kills him and others, and he dies unhappier than ever. Rather than an advocate for pure aestheticism - Dorian Gray is a story in which Wilde illustrates the dangers of the aesthetic philosophy when not practiced with good taste. Aestheticism, Wilde argues that it too often aligns itself with immorality, resulting in a precarious philosophy that must be practiced deliberately (Dugan). This book is important in this argument because the character of Dorian Gray and the story of his profound degeneration provides a case study which examines the viability of a purely
Despite all of this, she steals Desdemona's handkerchief for him, not really understanding his dastardly intentions. Hopeful he’ll appreciate her for once; she will “And give ’t Iago. What he will do with it/Heaven knows, not I./I nothing but to please his fantasy.," (3.3.305). However, by the end of the play, she has realized Iago is a cruel villain and assists with accusing him. She goes from wanting to help Iago gain more power, saying "Who would not make her husband a cuckold to make him a monarch?
In the piece, he makes it clear that America did not live up to his expectations, and would disappoint his readers as well. Through this satirical writing, Wilde uses comparison of beauty and industrialism and juxtaposition between compliments and criticism to paint American social values as backwards and unappealing in order to dispel the glamour of a romantic American culture.
Wickham advances, Elizabeth comes to question his stories and his motives, ultimately realizing the faults in her judgment. For instance at the second ball, more known as the Netherfield Ball in the story, Mrs. Gardiner along with Caroline Bingley and Jane warns her against Mr. Wickham and his deceitful ways. Elizabeth slowly detaches herself from Mr. Wickham and ignores him and while doing so she finds herself becoming closer to Mr. Darcy, particularly when she visits Charlotte and Mr. Collins at Pemberley. After receiving a letter from Mr. Darcy Elizabeth she comes to the realization of Wickham’s deceitful nature and how successful he has been in manipulating her judgment towards Mr. Darcy. Her prejudice has proven to be utterly false and she regrets how she let herself be influenced, an example of her regret is when she reflects over her behavior towards Mr. Darcy “How despicably have I acted!...But vanity not love has been my folly”(Austen pp.
To Ban, Or Not To Ban “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show its own shame”. The final passage from The Picture of Dorian Gray by controversial author Oscar Wilde. This is a thought provoking example of Wilde’s beliefs on censorship and self-realization. Wilde states that any book the world deems immoral, or inappropriate, is because the book reveals a shameful aspect of the world that people, and especially leaders, do not support or agree with, because it has the potential to spoil the righteous reputation they consider themselves to have. Censorship of this manner has occurred for decades, but barely any books should be censored to the point where they are banned.
Here it is clear that Lolita is truly about the pursual of art and unattainable beauty, here in the form of a child (Mergerle 342). Lolita is forced behave as a paragon, and the psychological effects are stunting, just as Annabel was on Humbert’s youth. In contrast to Humbert, Lolita seems trapped in a false sense of womanhood from a young age. Lolita eventually escapes Humbert for another sex-crazed man: Quilty. Her inability to escape a life of sexual obsession symbolizes the obsession that artists have of reaching the common goal of perfection.
The way the play progresses we notice a certain foolishness associated with the societal norm and certain form of penance is put on those who tend to challenge them. In the end when the wager for most loyal wife is made , Petruchio clearly wins even but he still humiliates her in regards to her hat and tries to assert a sense of authority there irrespective of her feelings. The key part which signifies submission is the Katharina’s Speech in the end of the play. Now it can be debated whether the speech was a sincere display of feelings or was a farce or satirical take on the issue. If we believe it to be a sincere effort then we can truly believe that the shrew has been tamed which is sad because it has led to the death of Katharina’s personality.
The way that Wilde uses the character of Algernon to criticise society is in a totally different way. The character’s language is full of paradoxes and puns, which challenge and criticise society in themselves. His outlook on life is totally opposite to that of a ‘typical’ Victorian, allowing Wilde to reject the rules of normal society and create new Victorian concepts through Algernon. “I hate people who are not serious about meals. It is so shallow of them.” Not only is this comic and typical of Algernon’s ideas, it creates the idea that society is wrong in what is said to be important and pleasure is actually the most important thing in life.
His view on showing love is expressing it through words, so when Cordelia fails in her declaration of love, Lear sees this fail as a lack of love and ungratefulness, especially when he decides to give the entire kingdom to his daughters. The fact that Lear has good intentions to begin with, prompts the reader to forgive him easier. Regan and Goneril on the