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.
Upon the completion of the portrait, Dorian wishes he could trade his soul to stay young forever. A short while later, he wishes again out loud that the painting would grow old, and not he. Hence, Basil produces a portrait with the likeness and beauty of Dorian Gray, Basil feels shame and dislike for the portrait so he offers it to Dorian as a gift. Dorian soon becomes Lord Henry's apprentice and Dorian grows more and more distant from Basil and develops his own
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
This is an interesting question. The portrait of Dorian represents his corrupted soul, which Dorian will try to fix at the end of the book. The character starts performing “good” actions in order to see if there are changes in the portrait, however the result was negative. That the good act didn 't reverse the process implies that ,once committed, the sin is there forever.So a man would end up losing his soul when living as a
This is the only reason he lost interest of her all of a sudden, which is ridiculous and whimsical, even though her poor performance is somewhat, probably more than that, originated from him. Dorian is totally not responsible for his own decision. It reminds me the true meaning of falling in love. In my perspective, Dorian has never loved her. He merely loved her shell, how she is represented superficially.
Represented in Dorian, the portrait and Sibyl’s story. These are clearly against Biblic ideals, from the point of view of Christianity; the vice is an attempt of suicide, which contradicts the commandment of “not to kill”. The devil is against god and finally, homosexuality goes against the Christian the principles of family and marriage. All of these, according to the Victorian society appear on the Picture of Dorian Gray, therefore the book has an immoral content. 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.
He is also depicted as being “wonderfully handsome, with his finely-curved scarlet lips, his frank blue eyes, his crisp gold hair” (Wilde, 17) and holding a boyish innocence “unspotted from the [modern] world” (Wilde, 17), which draws Lord Henry’s attention. Indeed, Dorian detains a
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 its ability to sense all the other characters thoughts and emotions. The soul’s discovery of how it is perceived by
Back then, homosexual is something that look disgusting for other people but in this era, it is not something weird anymore. I think even though they might have different opinion in sex compares to us, it is not professional to discriminate them based on their personal life. I came to believes that people tend to set their own kind of normal and for people who did not follow their set of mind are consider as abnormal. I am not actually a classic novel reader but The Picture of Dorian Gray made me enjoyed my reading. To be honest, the first three chapters are quite dull and also boring as the words sometime are really hyperbola but the excitement part of this story started at Chapter Four when Dorian Gray admitted that he is fallen in love with Sibyl Vane.