Phompassorn Thanatkittiphong (Jane) 5721650567 Sec.809 The Parallels between the Myth of Narcissus and the Picture of Dorian Gray The picture of Dorian Gray is an 1819 philosophical novel written by Oscar Wilde. The major theme of this novel presents a trap of vanity or self-adoration. In the novel, Dorian Gray is the protagonist who is a young beautiful boy with feminine mannerisms. He symbolizes homoeroticism behaviors. Furthermore, the picture of Dorian Gray manifests the stage of social during the Victorian era, 1837–1901 when English society banned homoeroticism.
The Picture of Dorian Gray written by Oscar Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray shocked the moral judgments of British book critics. Some of them said Oscar Wilde deserved to be pursuance for breaking the laws guarding the common morality because the uses of homosexuality were in that time banned. This book was for that time unusual because it had a pretty serious criticism on the society from that time. The novel is about a young and extraordinarily beautiful youngster, named Dorian Gray that have promised to his soul in order to live a life of eternal youth, he must try to adapt himself to the bodily decay and dissipation that are shown in his portrait.
Although The Picture of Dorian Gray is considered to be a short novel , it contains some commonly found elements in a fairy tale. In the following essay I am going to present the similitudes that Wilde’s novel shares with fairy tales and give my opinion on whether the novel can be considered a prolonged fairy tale or not. One thing that needs to be taken into consideration is the fact that in this novel not all the elaments of a fairy tale are present. For example , in Oscar Wilde’s novel the time and the space is defined -the action takes place in England in the nineteenth century-, which is uncharacteristic of the usual fairy tale. But despite the fact that Wilde offers the reader many details regarding the setting where the action takes
Since they didn’t tell anyone about their marriage, they couldn 't really be in love. They were so caught up in the moment and in what they thought was love. This lust between the two characters led to death for both of them. Romeo and Juliet were not genuinely in love and should not be considered an example of
When published, The picture of Dorian Gray was criticized and addressed as an immoral book. It was published during the Victorian Era which was a period of time in Britain in which the religion beliefs were strict and morality was a big part of society. Good manners and moral actions were extremely important during this time and people were judgemental when they were not applied. When published, it was judged by critics. Wilde was tagged as an immoral author.
The researcher decides Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned to be the objects of the study on inferiority and superiority complex causing hedonistic lifestyle in main character. The first reason, both of literary works cover the changing of each life of the main character, society and ultimately the individual. Second, they both share the same social background of the main character in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian, displays a well-respected young man. He doesn’t recognize his own beauty until he sees it reflected in Basil’s portrait, and, once he does, it’s all too late. While Anthony in The Beautiful and Damned is illustrates reaching pleasure as the lifestyle and it becomes a habit.
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray supports the idea that one should be careful what they wish for, as it may come true. Dorian Gray, the main character, makes a wish that a painting will change instead of him throughout his future. In the novel of The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, the deterioration of Dorian Gray, and the way he progressively becomes a worse of a person shows how the author, Oscar Wilde, added himself into the novel as a character to show the world how he sees himself. He is portrayed as childish and unaware of the events happening around him. Dorian Gray ruins his future by committing a multitude of sins that later in life he realizes he cannot fix.
He idolizes him. His idolization of Dorian causes him to let Dorian dominate him. Small as it is, it shows Dorian for the first time what his beauty can do to people. The fact that people are willing to believe and do anything for him because of his beauty. This realization causes a lot of problems later on in the storyline.
One of the most significant themes in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is society’s reliance on outward appearances and superficial values. The portrait in which Basil Hallward paints for his dear friend Dorian is the physical representation of vanity, ultimately depicting the consequences of leading a life of excessive egotism and greed. Although the core message behind the painting remains the same throughout the entire novel, its impact in regards to the protagonist’s character as a whole alters several times as his personality continuously transforms. When Dorian’s soul distorts, so does the portrait in response to his progressive moral decline. During their first conversation, Basil and Lord Henry begin talking about Dorian’s profound innocence at great length.
London is a commonly utilized backdrop for novels, plays and films. The monuments make for stunning backgrounds in modern cinematography while the history and character of the city add meaning and symbolism to a number of works and the works, in turn, contribute to the reputation of London. In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian is a beautiful young man with an increasingly corrupted soul as he is seduced by the city. The story of his decay takes place in two famous parts of London - the West End, known for its wealth and opulence and the East End, better known for its poverty and opium. The two sides of the city mirror the two sides of Dorian himself.