The story is about two boys that want to be named Earnest, so because of that they have a double life and they will need to handle the problems. Oscar Wilde want to make a caricature on high society by egaterating on Love, Manners and Death. Oscar Wilde makes a caricature of a high society by portraying love by having no emotion . He makes a caricature because Jack loves Gwendolen but she would only marry him if his name is Ernest. Cecily also loves Algernon because his name is Ernest.
Throughout the book, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde the protagonist Dorian Gray is influenced by various people in his life. Dorian, a handsome middle class bachelor is heavily guided by an antagonist, Lord Henry. As a result of his interactions with Lord Henry Dorians’ morals are conflicted such as, his preference for beauty over knowledge. Furthermore, Dorian’s painting made by Basil is also affected because it expresses every sin he commits by aging. From Dorian Gray it can be concluded through symbolism that beauty and youthfulness is society 's main concern.
Hedonism, the seeking of self pleasure, is described by the homosexual innuendos in The Picture of Dorian Gray. The idea of homosexuality was not only unaccepted in London at this time, but also illegal, therefore it is an act of self-service with no care for the laws or others opinions. “Dorian, from the moment I met you, your personality had the most extraordinary influence over me. I was dominated, soul, brain, and power, by you. You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream.
He actively teases Romeo about his love life and is the person to stir trouble. At the beginning of the story Romeo dreams of his impending death and expresses it to Mercutio, but Mercutio brushes it off telling Romeo “ True, I talk of dreams; which are the children of an idle brain, beast of nothing but vain in fantasy”, (Act 1, Scene 4, line 98-100). It shows that Mercutio does not take
Obsession, an idea or thought that constantly keeps invading one’s mind, sometimes leading them to do terribly foolish things. This is proficiently depicted in the short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson. In “The Tale-Tale Heart”, the protagonist was so strongly obsessed with the old man’s vulture-like eye and hated it with such a great passion, that he decided to take the old man’s life. Similarly, in “The Possibility of Evil”, Adela Strangeworth was so excessively addicted to helping stop spread “evil” in her town that she did not realize that she was being intrusive and invading peoples personal lives. Even though in these two stories tackle different things the main character is obsessed over, the main idea of harming other peoples lives because of their strange obsession remains the same.
The Picture of Dorian Gray provides insight into Oscar Wilde’s personality through the characters he creates. It may suggest that he has an obsession with youthful beauty, much like Dorian Gray himself. The novel underscores the importance of physical allure and charm in Victorian society (page 11). We can infer that this hyperbolized influence on beauty in the novel represents a longing for physical beauty in Wilde himself. Another theme present in the novel that may portray Wilde’s psychological being is homosexuality.
If Edmond hadn’t been blind to the selfishness and envy that lies in every man, perhaps he could have seen the trouble that surrounded him. Instead, he became a victim of the human weakness that results in such selfishness and paid with it his morals, chastity and contentment. By the conclusion of the novel, the purity of the young, naive Edmond Dantes is dead and gone. Yet, from his ashes rises a new man: the Count of Monte Cristo. This sudden metamorphosis not only affects the character, but the novel itself.
Baldwin writes, “I knew I could do nothing whatever to stop the ferocious excitement which had burst in me like a storm” (Baldwin 42). The diction in this sentence shows the readers how guilty David feels as he describes his love for Giovanni, a frenchman that he meets and falls in love with, as ferocious excitement and a bursting storm. David says that he couldn’t even pretend to be sorry that Hella, his fiancée, was off in Spain. Even though he wishes he was upset that she is away, he can’t be because he is too busy loving Giovanni. The descriptive language used by the author helps the audience comprehend David’s guilt on his sexuality and its effect on his
Musician Frank Zappa’s obituary in 1993 reminds me that those who have great talent and fame aren’t always nice people. There are lots of historical examples of this: The artist Caravaggio, who painted some of the most beautiful and moving religious art, was a murderer. The actor Errol Flynn was an alcoholic estranged from his children and had sex with underage girls. And America’s most beloved author, Mark Twain, was a spendthrift and held grudges. Zappa’s New York Times obituary by Jon Pareles tries hard not to skate over Zappa’s difficult personality, instead giving him credit for his influence on rock and roll, his mastery of a variety of musical styles, and calling him “iconoclastic” and “Dada-esque” and occasionally “juvenile” or “scatological.” Pareles refrains from mentioning that, according to his own wife, Zappa “didn’t do love,” pulled his kids out of school at 15 because he thought education was a waste of time, and wrote some of the most offensive lyrics in rock and roll history (Paglia, 2004)
Daisy matured to be with other men while Gatsby spent his whole life and wealth searching for Daisy. The purest form of love shown in this novel was came from George Wilson. His jealousy was shown when he killed Gatsby assuming he was his wife’s lover. Although the guilt was too much for him and he killed himself to be with Myrtle, his wife. These two men are very different, one searching for his lady out of lust, and one killing a man out of jealousy.