His words and about amusements and life delectations, that Dorian dives into sensual pleasures, debauchery, and crimes. Kohl argues that “Dorian’s fatal error is to take Lord Henry’s theories as practical guides for life” (156). In “wild desire to know everything about life” (Wilde 44) Dorian destroys destinies of people, corrupting them with his thirst of pleasures. Friendship with him is pernicious for people around: Alan Campbell commits a suicide; Adrian Singleton conducts a pathetic life of the addict, having slid on the bottom; the reputation of the cousin of Lord Henry, Lady Gwendolyn is forever discredited—even her children are not allowed to live with her in one house. Liebmann emphasizes that among the major characters only the Mephistophelean Henry survives, and all others—Sybil, Basil, James Vane, Sir Henry Ashton, Lord Kent’s son and aforementioned characters are the victims of Dorian’s influence (451-452).
When Henry says “My letter----don’t be frightened----was to tell you that Sibyl Vane is dead” (Dorian Gray, 71) Dorian is shaken about how his drastic actions caused Sybil to kill herself. Doiran quite literally causes the death of the one he loves. Wilde used a direct, sharp statements to emphasise the scale of what happened. It was the very magnitude of this even that had actually cause the painting to have changed, and start a long descent into depravity. It is only after years and years of horrible acts does the painting warp into a horrid creature, yet Dorian still loves the portrait.
Here, Dorian is recognizing that drugs are evil. Furthermore, him using drugs was an evil act. Drugs essentially blocked out any remorse or moral sense he could have potentially conjured up, resulting in what readers can infer to be an opiod addiction, as we witness him visiting a den to satisfy his need. The use of these drugs also encouraged Dorian to continue on and do other evil acts. In addition to drug use, Dorian decides to begin a romantic relationship with a very young actress, Sibyl Vane.
When Dorian had shown the portrait to Basil, he had let a part of himself go, which was his innocence in that he had never shown anyone the corrupted portrait of himself. The portrait represented the moral decay that Dorian had been experiencing and he found great pleasure in watching the artwork slowly diminish from its former beautiful self, to a true representation of his own soul. When Basil saw the painting “an exclamation of horror broke from the painter's lips as he saw in the dim light the hideous face on the canvas grinning at him.” When Dorian stabbed and killed Basil, it is written that Dorian “felt strangely calm” (Wilde, 205) and he did not stab Basil just once, but “stabbing again and again.” (Wilde, 204) He took great delight during the act of stabbing his former
He begins studying perfumes, jewelry, and even music, which are parts of luxurious enjoyment in art. Dorian needs to distract himself from guiltiness or even rationalize his misbehavior and be more comfortable about it by following those kinds of aesthetics. Also, while he watches his picture with a smile and “pride of individualism” (158), he feels more assuring, sharing his burden with the picture. Dorian tries not to face the reality like the protagonist in the cartoon of Gaiman we covered in one of our reading assignments. Since he seems to be too naive or young to directly handle the fear of being guilty himself, adherence to art and self-interpretation of it may be his only option, although it still cannot justify irrevocable
Dante’s portrayal of Satan shows him to be monstrous and empty as he does not fulfill any satisfaction that is felt if something is missing in one’s life. The thing that is missing in the readers’ lives is God as only God can satisfy our desire. This paradox of Satan by Dante speaks truth as to the fact he is both monstrous and empty. This is an astounding idea to think but it makes sense as he is seen with three heads gnawing on the sinners in the final realm of Hell, Judecca, but is also empty as he is the epitome of sin and, as said earlier, sin is empty and never truly
In “Harrison Bergeron” and “The Possibility of Evil” a common theme is eliminating the evils of the world. In “Harrison Bergeron” society makes everyone handicapped to eliminate evils of the world that comes from being better than one another. “The Possibility of Evil”, demonstrates Miss Strangeworth’s feelings about the evils of the world. She feels as if it is her duty to fix the evils of the world. As it states in the story, “but as long as evil existed unchecked in the world, it was Miss Strangeworth's duty to keep her town alert to it.” They are similar because of this ideal of fixing the world's problems and making them obsolete.
Throughout the story he is constantly fighting the urge to get revenge on humanity, eventually he is corrupted. Victor breaks his promise to the creature of giving him a mate, this strikes the spiral of horrific events that follow. The first act of revenge the monster commits is killing Victor’s best friend Henry Clerval. In Victor perspective when he first discovers Henry has been killed, “when the mark of the fingers was mentioned I remembered the murder of my brother and felt myself extremely agitated”(Shelley 181). The creature aims to let Victor know he is serious about his threat to seek revenge on his wedding day by killing Henry.
The battle between Good and Evil has been an ongoing game ever since. Just like fairy tales, which are crucial pieces of literature that have a deep impact on our society. There is only a fine line between what is Good and what is Evil, there is an impossibility of Good existing in a world where Evil is absent. The boundaries between the traditional meanings of those two were rather clear and relevant when Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm wrote down their collected stories in the nineteenth century. But as of today, the evil myth and the borders between reality and fiction as well as history, literature and philosophy are blurred, and so are the roles of Good and Evil.
In the novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian’s insatiable desire for eternal youth in order to avoid the “disgusting” characteristics that come with age becomes the cause of his downfall. In contrast with the film, Youth, the protagonist Fred acknowledges that people unavoidably age and yearn for youth while at the same time they try to be comfortable with their shortcomings and