Lord Henry mocks Dorian’s attempts to “moralize” and tells him that it is no use. Despite Lord Henry’s discouragement, Dorian felt a “wild longing for the unstained purity of his boyhood”(Wilde 183-185), and finally rejects the influence of hedonism over his life. In order to “kill the past” (Wilde 188), Dorian stabs the wretched portrait with the same knife he used to kill Basil. However, when he stabs the painting, all of the deformities from the painting transfer to him and kill him. This event symbolizes the final triumph of good over evil, in that Dorian finally paid for his sins, and refused to live a life of malevolence any
You have thrown it all away. You are shallow and stupid” (Dorian Gray, 63). This disconnect between the two underscores how Sibyl killed Dorians love. This is more of a metaphorical killing of love, but Oscar Wilde shows a more literal meaning behind killing their love. When Henry says “My letter----don’t be frightened----was to tell you that Sibyl Vane is dead” (Dorian Gray, 71) Dorian is shaken about how his drastic actions caused Sybil to kill herself.
His pretend madness helps him reveal the truth, nonetheless his indecisiveness, as I mentioned above, deters him from taking action which leads him to find himself in a plot devised by his uncle. Having him watched, Claudious perceives Hamlet as a threat to his throne, after Polonius’ murder, sends him away to have him killed on his way to England. Shrewdly saving his head, he turns back to Denmark to find the love of his life, whom he has abandoned in his madness play, dead and being buried. His delay in taking action after his return from England causes his death in a sword duel, being poisoned. He kills his uncle subsequent to the poison prepared by his uncle for him kills his mother.Yet being wounded by a poisoned sword he dies after he executes his
Macbeth’s id within his mind controls his mental state because his wants and desires turned him into an evil person. Macbeth’s first decision to kill the king filled his want to be king and please his wife and it put him in a bad mental state. Macbeth’s want to live without fear led him to kill yet another person and put him in an even worse mental state. And Macbeth’s id controls his mental state much
Despite the lack of vindication for Fortunato, Montresor is bound to be affected negatively by the murder. For the rest of Montresor’s life, he has to hold on to the secret that he murdered Fortunato. Secrets such as these take a toll on individuals. Another take on “The Cask of Amontillado” is that Fortunato acts as a symbol for Montresor. By killing Fortunato, Montresor is also symbolically killing a part of himself that he is ashamed to possess.
Victor also allows Justine to die for the murder of his younger brother because he’s afraid of what people will think. “My tale was not one to announce publicly; it’s astounding horror would be looked upon as madness by the vulgar”(83). He’s more concerned with what will happen to him, someone who actually had something to do with William’s death, than to Justine, who is completely innocent. Lastly, the monster says he will leave Victor and his family alone if Victor makes him a female companion, but he can’t even do that. “I thought with a sensation of madness on my promise of creating another like to him, and trembling with passion, tore to pieces the thing on which I was engaged”(180).
Essentially in this scene, Tybalt 's challenges but Romeo rejects the challenge this causes Mercutio to set up and fight Tybalt. Mercutio gets killed and Romeo avenges him by killing Tybalt. This is situational Irony because Romeo didn’t want to fight and was calm during the whole situation. This is ironic because by doing this Tybalt ends up killing Mercutio. He takes revenge for Mercutio and kills Tybalt.
But he has no choice but to let Justine take the fall for the death of his brother because he fears being seen as a madman. Later when Victor is told by his monster that he would leave to South America if Victor makes a second creation, he agrees until he selfishly destroys the second creation. “You have destroyed the work which you began...Do you dare to break your promise?” (181). Victor knew the consequences. He failed his parental duty to take care of his child and his needs and as a result he got Elizabeth killed.
Othello let his anger get in the way of his rational thinking causing him to make a bad decision that lead to his downfall. He also sentenced Desdemona to her death when he said, “Aye, let her rot, and perish, and be damned tonight, for she/ shall not live” (Oth. 4.1.169-170). Othello was outraged when he heard about the affair that he made rash decisions. Othello wanted to kill Desdemona for breaking his heart.
It is, to speak more exactly, the search after the secret of life” (Mikhail 37). Wilde himself lived a covert life so after this explanation it is not surprising that he was attracted by aestheticism. In her essay, Aesthetic Principles in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Sarah Gustaffson claims that Wilde uses this novel to spread his own interpretations of Aestheticism. Pater taught Wilde the basic ideas of Aestheticism in the same way Lord Henry teaches Dorian Gray about the values of life. Dorian Gray proves to be a perfect student because he shortly becomes a dissolute hedonist similar to Lord Henry who strives for finding selfish solutions to his problems.