The Picture of Dorian Gray
– “There were passions in him that would find their terrible outlet, dreams that would make the shadow of the real evil” (Wilde,115). The author reveals pleasure as the driving force of many characters within Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, but this search for pleasure becomes fatal once taken into the hands of Dorian Gray. Throughout the novel Dorian Gray changes his opinion on pleasure based on what he requires in order to escape reality. With each death and misdeed he is responsible for; Dorian must search harder for a more drastic form of release….
Disregarding Women in The Picture of Dorian Gray
– In the Victorian Era of mid nineteen to early twentieth century, a woman’s role in society remained to be in the household, away from the business and cares of men. The feminine side is portrayed as negative, powerless, and lacking (Kileen 49). Society discouraged women from having power in society and neglecting women represented normal in the eyes of most men and women. However, Victorian novels such as The Picture of Dorian Gray illustrate the consequences of disregarding women. In Oscar Wilde’s only novel, the lack of importance surrounding the female characters and their careless treatment from men results in the selfishness of the male characters exemplified through Dorian Gray’s act…
The Supernatural in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
– If you can get past most of the superficial and unlikeable characters in The Picture of Dorian Gray, this story does indeed have its place in the horror genre. While I understand the setting and the characters were a reflection of the actual class distinctions during the Victorian time period, I found the shallowness and narcissism of Dorian Gray and his circle of acquaintances tedious. “Fops” came to mind more than once along with “don’t these people have a purpose other than to dine out and indulge themselves?” Even the women were for the most part portrayed as imbeciles….
Abstract Aestheticism in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
– 19th century England was entrenched in the idea that art could be used as not only a method of expression, but also one of social advancement. With this idea at its forefront, art suddenly inundated places where art was never previously found, such as social education and morality. In contrast, Oscar Wilde was a key advocate of an idea known aestheticism, a concept that relied on art simply being art. Oscar Wilde played a major role in Victorian England, having a major influence through his writing….
Purpose of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
– The book, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is one that has many purposes in it. One purpose in the book shows how individuals can slowly deteriorate because of the evil lying within themselves. The major purpose of this novel is how much power art has over others. When an artist composes a great piece of work, he puts his heart into it. Part of that person is invested into it’s creation, which makes it more than just a statue in a museum, or a picture on the wall. In the novel, more than the artist’s heart is put into his painting….