Understanding both Poe and Wilde’s narrative styles is extremely important in fully understanding the texts and the authors behind those texts, for example on one hand Poe throws the reader into an already finished story in ‘William Wilson’, while in The Picture of Dorian and Gray Wilde’s use of aestheticism is undeniable. However unusually for Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray is also Gothic, this interesting departure from Wilde’s usual aesthetic style has been the subject of much debate and discussion among scholars, nonetheless for Sucur in The Picture of Dorian and Gray “the Gothic is dealt with from an aesthetic perspective”, (Sucur 2007, n.p.) yet the question still remains why would Wilde chose to depart from his successful formula of
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).
The events presented in The Devil in the White City and The Picture of Dorian Gray help steer the reader to interpret each text as a representation of progress as a force of destruction. The Chicago World Fair is described in exquisite detail in the Erik Larson’s account of how it came about. Oscar Wilde’s novel explores the actual portrait of Dorian Gray as his personality changes through the progression of the book. Although both pieces of literature work with different platforms in writing, they all come together to emphasize the idea that the progression of any sort comes at the price of destruction. In The Devil in the White City, Larson writes extensively about the construction and execution of the Chicago World Fair, H. H. Holmes
As an abstract expressionist, de Kooning’s artworks were and are considered a part of his being, and yet in his essay “Legend: Willem de Kooning,” Wormser restrains himself from describing de Kooning’s pieces because to do so would be to identify de Kooning – to leave room for misinterpretation. Even if Wormser were to know exactly how to interpret the artwork – since he was confident enough to write an essay as a narrative monologue that interprets de Kooning’s stream of consciousness – describing an abstract, surreal piece of art is to try to explain color to a blind man, or to ask a dog to see rainbows in color; it would be impossible, especially when the piece of art is a painting from the century of the shattered frame where the artwork is continually being reinvented and reinterpreted in people’s minds. However, despite not explicitly describing de Kooning’s paintings, Wormser describes what other painters see in de Kooning’s work when he says, “they realize something exquisite is present. They realize that there is more sensitivity than anyone might know what to do with” (210). Correspondingly, Womser suggest that de Kooning’s painting embrace a certain delicacy and naivety that seem to “engage everything through the medium of
actual identities, and love and death in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde conveys the inevitable internal deterioration interwoven with the influence art has upon the human psyche. There are three important aspects portray the influence art has on humanity: the influence that manifesting Dorian’s corruption into a physical form of a portrait has on Dorian’s state of mind, the bias the art of beauty generates towards judgements made when determining an individual’s morality, and the transformation the art of love induces over an individual dependent towards another's affection. Due to this, we are prompted towards acknowledging one conclusion; art, whether premeditated or not, has not only the power to shape our perceptions of the world in which we inhabit, but also the capability to change the world for the better
Applying this definition to the duality presented within The Picture of Dorian and Jykell and Hyde show the idea of the duality of human nature and phycology and that humans always have two coflicting personalities which are interlinked and interrelated. The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Stange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde demonstrate the inportance of literature as as soical and cultural tool used as a platfrom to discuss and cast light on issues, interests and desires which link to 'devenciy ' in the victorian era. The Picture of Dorian Gray has many different elements which suggest the depiction of duality and the double within human nature, one of the most previllant examples of duality within this novel is the apparent stuggle between good and evil ' 'Your voice and the voice of Sibyl Vane are two things I shall never forgot...I don 't know which to follow ' '
The Picture of Dorian Gray written by Oscar Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Gray shocked the moral judgments of British book critics. Some of them said Oscar Wilde deserved to be pursuance for breaking the laws guarding the common morality because the uses of homosexuality were in that time banned. This book was for that time unusual because it had a pretty serious criticism on the society from that time. 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.
At around the age of 27, young adult van Gogh decided to dedicate himself completely to art. Early Years When Vincent first started drawing he sketched pictures using pencils or charcoal sticks. He also in fact used watercolors. Van Gogh really enjoyed drawing pictures of poor hardworking people. Eventually he started developing the skill of using oil
This is all due to his double life that he has come accustomed to living. The double standard can be depicted in image changing, in lavish lifestyles, and in superficial happiness. Dorian Gray, the protagonist in the novel, lives a superficially stable double life. The portrait that Basil Hallward, Dorian’s artist and friend, created for Dorian caused a self-image imbalance. The portrait was young and juvenile, while Dorian was soon to grow old and immoral.
In his essay “The Decay of Lying”, Oscar Wilde wrote, “No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” This prominent playwright believed that the purpose of art stood in distortion and adornment. However, in comparing Point Reyes Country Road by Asha Carolyn Young and Wheatfield with Crows by Vincent van Gogh, I made the conclusion that the Wilde’s statement is false. Many different forms of art exist, and whether it is realistic, abstract, or anything else; all art styles should be recognized as “art”. Although the style is different, the result that they provide to the audience is the same— a reaction in a human sense or emotion.