Aestheticism In Oscar Wilde's The Dorian Gray Or Salome

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Oscar Wilde was an advocator and practitioner of artistic aestheticism, insisting that art should not be related with morality. He exerted every effort to write according to his aesthetic principles. Characters in his works are all transcendence over ethical reality, whether characters in his fairy tales such as the happy prince, the nightingale, the giant, the fisherman or Dorian in his novel The Dorian Gray or Salome in his drama Salome. The Victorian Era is an era full of contradictions and also an era that formed a connecting link between what comes before and what goes after. The Victorian morals, which are obstinate and rigid, unavoidably showed its negative influence while it dominated the England society. At the right moment, Oscar…show more content…
He vowed to promote the aestheticism of Wilde, Salome itself is synonymous with beauty, beauty is always shocking in daily life rational irresistible don't understand. The young and beautiful princess in the free shackles, so persistent, so no regrets, in front of the "beauty" of love, even life appears ugly and pale. Salome John crazy, because John sternly refused regardless of personal danger and death, the moment cut down the beloved head, she must bring joy in the bath that kiss of the divine beauty. For Wilde, "beauty" is the highest noumenon in the world, and it is the root of human being. So Wilde wrote, "not life imitates art, but art imitates life. (Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.) Wilde saw through the essence of citizen life -- the life in the vulgar world must be anti American and low. Life is secular moral kidnapping, so everything is ugly and futile, and the true beauty and divinity is anti moral, J Lui Tai Mo Stella is the ancient Greek myth of the murder, and Medea killed. "No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If, and really," the great artists never see the true colors of the world. Once he sees it through, he is no longer an artist. " It wants to borrow Wilde defended himself in court when the end - "love like this, just do not understand this world. The world laughs at it blatantly, and even makes the loved…show more content…
It should be pointed out that Wilde’s literary practice undergoes a chance after his writing of Dorian. Salome is the aesthetic image of her step-father, but he conspicuous moral features in her gradually make her get rid of the figure of aestheticism and turn her instead to a figure of morality. This may be ascribed to : Salome is situated in very complicated moral circumstances. She is denounced by the prophet and threatened by the incest of her step father. The prophet regards her as the daughter of incestuous mother, an immoral burden befalling her pitilessly. Salome that we find such a change. Thereafter Wilde basically turns away from his aestheticism and moves to the path of realism. The characters he creates in his subsequent works come nearer and nearer to the ethics of reality. This change shows that Wilde exhibits less concern for aestheticism and more interest in exposing social reality. In his works we even find his rejection of aestheticism and a return to a realistic position. Salome is the product of the change of the writer’s literary
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