It becomes a kind of conscience, and it reminds Dorian constantly of the evil at the heart of his nature. In “The Picture of Dorian Gray” are present plenty gothic elements. Some of them are: the evil, the bargain with the devil, the secret room, the scary atmosphere. The devil is impersonated by Lord Henry who uses his wisdom to tempt Dorian with his immoral opinions. He gives to Dorian a yellow book, a poisonous book which influences and brings him to become a murderer, lossing his innocence.
The Paper of Dorian Gray Throughout Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, we view the horrible actions of the main character, Dorian Gray. These actions, however, never seem to affect Dorian. We soon come to realize that this self-portrait reflects Dorian’s actions and aging process instead of Dorian and allow him to live a secret life of horrible acts. In the novel, Dorian takes full advantage of the portraits power, calling the portrait a reflection of his soul, and makes no effort to preserve his soul due to the poisonous influence from Lord Henry and his own selfishness. At the beginning of the novel, we see Dorian Gray commit his first horrible act and how Lord Henry poisons his thoughts afterwards.
After he makes this wish his true soul and all his sins starts to appear in the picture while Dorian’s appearance stays as it was. Dorian Gray is the protagonist of the book – the events revolves around him therefore he is a major character. He is also a round character because we can see his complex personality and emotions. Dorian Gray is a dynamic character because he changes a lot throughout the book. Lord Henry has made a big influence in Dorian’s changing
At a first sight, the answer could be negative stating that both characters do not suffer consequences for their actions. However, if there are no consequences, then why Dorian Gray ends up being dead? In a part of the book Lord Henry asks Dorian a question he heard on the street. “What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (265). This is an interesting question.
Book Review In The Picture of Dorian Gray, written by Oscar Wilde, it highlights a sense of suspense, intrigue, and horror. It portrays a young man who desires to remain young and beautiful forever and he covers the very insight into human vanity. Even the name of the main character in this novel, Dorian Gray is very symbolic because gray (grey) is the combination of black and white, of good and evil. Dorian Gray is a beautiful, young, impressionable boy, who loses sight of what’s important to him and then mutates into a wicked person. This novel begins in London’s studio, when artist Basil Hallward and his close friend, Lord Henry Wotton, are discussing about Basil’s newest portrait of a gorgeous, young, and impressionable boy named Dorian Gray.
When it was published, The Picture of Dorian Gray was seen as an immoral book due to the use of the unspeakable and the moral decay it shows. But, taking into account all of Wilde’s arguments to defend the book, one must understand that this book isn’t looking to have a moral impact, but instead to free art from morality and social punishment, making society understand what aestheticism really is. Therefore, this book is neither moral nor
Dorian Gray, the main character, is known to be beautiful and that is all. He is put into a mold of beauty and thought not to have any intellectual thought whatsoever. His beauty is used to his advantage, furthermore pushing his life into the darkness. His features are the reason why Lord Henry Wotton and his good friend Basil Hallward take a deep interest in Gray. “No, you don’t … while
We also see the mixing themes of homosexuallity and hetrosexuality; this is shown by the relationship between Sybil Vane and Dorian ' 'Dorian Gray leaped to his feet, with flushed cheeks and burning eyes. "Harry! Sibyl Vane is sacred!" (4.10). This is another aspect of duality within the novel, and this duality is bought out by the relationship that Dorian has with Basil and the heterosexual relationship he has with Sibyl.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is written by a popular writer, Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde are famous because of his poetry and short stories but this is his only novel. The genre of this story are classic horror story. This story show us how a man turned to be a killer for his own personal needs and desire. He desire for his portrait will get aging instead of him and he will remain young forever.
Lord Henry consciously chooses Dorian Gray in pupils, attracted first of all with his appearance. “Your mysterious young friend, whose name you have never told me, but whose picture really fascinates me, never thinks. I feel quite sure of that” (Wilde 7). Not only his physical beauty, but his pure soul is so interesting for Lord Henry: “All the candour of youth was there, as well as all youth’s passionate purity. One felt that he had kept himself unspotted from the world” (Wilde 17).