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.
If the picture could change and I could be always what I am now!” (20) While Dorian was whining about the painting the readers got a sense of his personality and who he was. He
The murder of his friend forces Dorian to evaluate the severity of his sins and also reconsider his lifestyle. The portrait he once found fascinating now looms over him with a “loathsome red dew” (Wilde 146) on one of the hands. As his sins weigh upon him, Dorian attempts to repent through good deeds, but nonetheless, he finds no change in the portrait. The lack of transformation in the portrait suggests that Dorian still feels influence from evil, and does not truly want to change himself. Lord Henry mocks Dorian’s attempts to “moralize” and tells him that it is no use.
It was none other than the work of, Lord Henry who corrupts Dorian gradually. Lord Henry has set his mind on corrupting Dorian because he feels that with his lack of knowledge, that he can make Dorian become a spitting image of himself. We see Lord Henry try to convince Dorian to do many things at the beginning of the book when Basil first mentions his name to Lord Henry. Later we see Lord Henry convince Dorian to give into his temptations and just do everything that pleases himself. Dorian takes these words and turns them into reality, but in doing so harms those around him both physically and emotionally.
During their first conversation, Basil and Lord Henry begin talking about Dorian’s profound innocence at great length. The painter eagerly explains to Henry how much of an influence the young man has on his career exclaiming, “‘His personality has suggested to me an entirely new manner in art, an entirely new mode of style’’’ (Wilde 8). Basil believes his work only has meaning thanks to his fateful encounter with Dorian and being able to witness his heart. Henry later criticises his idolization for Dorian by accurately foreshadowing, “‘Some day you will look at your friend, and he will seem to you to be a little out of drawing, or you won’t like his tone of colour, or something”’ (Wilde 9). To which Basil retorts with, “‘As long as I live, the personality of Dorian Gray will dominate me”’ (Wilde 9).
The juxtaposition of visual and aural imagery shows Dorian’s internal battle, but the fact that Dorian cannot see them, only hear their voices displays the blind faith that Dorian has in two men who have completely contrasting moral ideals, displaying Dorian’s mercurial and conflicting morals. The lexical choice of “follow” expresses the way in which Dorian is still very young and easily influenced. This quote also shows the deteriorating mind set of Dorian and the ongoing internal battle he faces between good and evil. Furthermore, while Dorian does have conflicting morals, it is clear that the influence of Lord Henry is far superior to that of Basil, this is illustrated in Dorian’s outburst, “’Each of us has heaven and hell in him, Basil,’ cried Dorian with a wild gesture of despair.” The antithesis of heaven and hell is a clear manifestation of Dorian’s dual nature, Wilde’s clever use of religious imagery here dissects the parallels that exist between the dual nature of man and the duality that lives within the Victorian
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. The genre of the novel is a terror, drama, psychology, humanitarianisms, romance and paranormal components. The Picture of Dorian Gray begins on a beautiful season day in Victorian-era England where Lord Henry Wotton, a determined man, is observing the sensitive artist Basil Hallward painting the painting of Dorian Gray, a handsome young man who is Basil 's ultimate inspiration. Though sitting for the painting, Dorian listens to Lord Henry adopting his hedonistic worldview and begins to think that beauty is the only aspect of life worth trying. This encourages Dorian to wish that the painted image of himself would age in his stead.
The reason I chose to analyze the character development of Don Damien, in the story ‘The Beautiful Soul of Don Damien’ is because of the other characters contrasting views about Don Damien, and also the peculiar way the character development is brought about by Juan Bosh. As aforementioned, the story is dictated from the soul’s point of view, using it’s ability to sense all the other characters thoughts and emotions. The soul’s discovery of how it is perceived by it’s
When someone consistently destroys the lives of those around them, which comes first: the realization of what one has done accompanied by self-loathing, or the eradication of one’s conscience? Dorian Gray makes it a habit to enter people’s lives, charm them, and then drop them as soon as he is no longer entertained by them. He leaves a path of destruction behind him, one full of whispered rumors that would be enough to tarnish the reputation of any well-loved person, no matter how pure they may seem. Readers that enjoy books that make their mind think would enjoy The Picture of Dorian Gray, but it is not for the faint of heart. Oscar Wilde has included plenty of dark, calculating characters, gore, and violence in his only novel.
The important thing for him is could get his grandfather’s heritages. Here, hedonism is used as the main theory to analyze because the problems of these novels are related to the luxurious lifestyle and temporary happiness. The Picture of Dorian Gray which told about Dorian Gray, a young man on his twenties who insists to be forever young was written in 1890 by Oscar Wilde, an Irish writer born on October 16,