Wilde’s sexuality and effeminate nature shaped his relations to the natural beauty of the world, which in turn manifested itself in the moral implications of his now famous works. For example, his very own personal ordeals are envisaged through the passages of The Picture of Dorian Gray, and it has been passionately hypothesized that characters such as Basil, Dorian, and Lord Henry are personalities of Wilde’s own flamboyant character. In an interpretation written by Donald H Ericksen, Wilde had written the following: “Basil in how I see myself, Lord Henry how the world sees me and Dorian how I would like to be”. The discussions surrounding The Picture of Dorian Gray were linked to the egregious homoeroticism displayed through the synergy of Wilde’s characters and how they interacted with each other. In a time of irrational Victorian thinking, it comes as no surprise that Wilde’s writing had evoked such a backlash.
Another theme illustrated through Wilde’s use of motifs and symbols is the theme of superficiality. The theme of superficiality can be understood as a sense of the superficial view of outer beauty that is shown in the work. It relates to the concept of remaining young, which is an important factor of what is shown in the novel. This is an important part of the novel because outer beauty plays a bigger role for Dorian, than inner beauty does. In the beginning of the novel, Lord Henry and Dorian have a conversation that focuses on the topic of youth and Dorian 's outer beauty – Lord Henry mentions the fact that Dorian has a beautiful face, and later during this conversation, Lord Henry states that: “youth is the only thing worth having…”
Oscar Wilde’s book The Picture of Dorian Gray was published in July of 1890 and quickly became a literature icon. Throughout the years, opinions about the book have changed because of each culture’s traditions and thoughts. Since it’s launching day, Wilde’s novel started giving a lot to talk about to it’s readers because of the controversy shown in the events and characters of the book. The novel’s main character is Dorian Gray, followed by Basil Hallward and Lord Henry Wotton.
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.
The setting of the movie is the first obvious difference that can be seen. The movie was set in New York City, New York in 2000 while the play was set in Elsinore, Denmark in the late middle ages. This greatly affects the way the movie is viewed because it is essentially an entirely different world. In the movie there are video cameras, cars, phones and skyscrapers, all things that obviously weren’t around during Shakespeare’s time. Even if the movie and the play had been based in the same year, the story still would have been slightly different.
Throughout many literary works, there are various objects, people, or elements that symbolize something far greater in the work as a whole. These elements are necessary to deepen the reader’s understanding of the work in its entirety or specific characters within the text. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the story opens with the appearance of the ghost of Hamlet’s father. This leads to a certain set of events that eventually lead to Hamlet’s downfall. Hamlet, is by far, one of Shakespeare’s most diverse characters seen as Hamlet is a reflection of many of the other characters around him:
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray depicts the depraved and patriarchal society of the nineteenth century England, but also the narcissistic, Faustian and hedonistic moral views that Dorian Gray, the eponymous character, goes throughout the novel. This essay seeks to demonstrate that various views on morality are present and paramount to the integrity of the narration that is The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde’s novel encapsulates the dysfunctional and perilous life that a young man begins to experience after he had his portrait taken. In the very beginning, Dorian Gray is described to be the embodiment of what, during the Victorian era, was seen as the ideal young man “...this young Adonis, who looks as if he was made of ivory and rose-leaves. Why, my dear Basil, he is a Narcissus”.
In literature, an archetype is known as a universal pattern that could be a character, theme, symbol, or a setting. By using common archetypes, it can be used to analyze and contrast different works of literature. In the poem, Ode to a Nightingale, the author John Keats makes connections with archetypes as well as Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. By comparing Wilde and Keats’ work with archetypes, it can be seen that it manifests similar archetypes that approaches different theories along with other works that have been discussed in class.
Dorian Gray Gone Wilde 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.
Often times people will look at the pinnacle of their life as when they were young and in their prime. This often being ones early twenties. While even if they are not well off financially they just have more energy to do the things they love. This like everything is just a part of life. Problems tend to occur in those who grasp on to these areas in their life.
When most people think of monsters, they think of ugly creatures whose purpose is to scare anything that it comes across. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, that is the case. Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creation is a hideous monster that terrorizes his creator and townspeople. On the other hand, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray depicts a monster as a beautiful young man whose painted portrait starts to look more like a monster than his actual self. Frankenstein and The Picture of Dorian Gray both tell stories of monsters who do evil things.