Analysis Of The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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“The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde was written in the victorian era. Oscar Wilde was a british author, poet, novelist, among others. One of his most important novels is “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Also, he wrote some essays and many poems. In all of his artworks he always showed a philosophical point of view, nevertheless is in this novel where his point of view about morality rises. This novel is characterized by all the themes such as: vanity, misery, identity, superficiality, religion, and human relations. As a great thinker, Oscar proposes some critiques about society. He also talks about art in the whole book through Basil Hallward an directly from his thoughts in the preface; he does mentions “All art is quite useless” (Wilde, 4). So, why would he make a piece of art thinking it would be useless? Was he trying trying to be sarcastic or making a paradox? Because certainly that book lets the reader thinking.

Dorian Gray is a young, beautiful and attractive man who enjoys wasting his parents money and his time. “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is basically about Dorian Gray a Dandi and picture frame bearing his image. Throughout story the portrait begins to age and undergoes several changes, however, Dorian does not change physically. Oscar uses the a doppelganger of Dorian, as was customary in Gothic novels; thus the portrait is a reflection of what Dorian truly is. Another important theme in the novel is the perception of friendship according different
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