Analysis Of Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

714 Words3 Pages
In Oscar Wilde 's The Picture of Dorian Gray, the protagonist, Dorian, becomes a sinner after the intervention of Lord Henry over his life. The character starts living believing in what Lord Henry said to him, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” (28). This premise states how people should follow their impulses in order to live a free life. Dorian commits multiple sins that do not seem to affect him directly, but affect his portrait. It could be said that his decadence changes his portrait without changing him. Nevertheless, this is not true because the plot of the book can led the reader to understand that living as a sinner ends up killing the soul of the sinner, and of the people around him. In order to understand this, it is important to see that Dorian 's actions affect other people 's life. For example Sybil Vane commits suicide upon the decision dorian took about their marriage. Basil is killed by Dorian. Also, Alan campbell commits suicide after having helped Dorian get rid of the body of Basil Hallward. All of these are examples of how Dorian´s decisions affected other people´s life. The sins Dorian commits are reflected in his portrait, however the actions of Dorian soon start to become rumors. Nonetheless these rumors, Lord Henry and Dorian seem to have no worries about them. Lord Henry states once in the book that “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” (9). Having this
Open Document