Summary[ edit ] Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who is impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty ; he believes that Dorian's beauty is responsible for the new mood in his art as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic world view: Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade.
It is a primitive sense of being that is inherent to the less sophisticated, and more ignorant species. As Lord Henry says of love and innocence the people who love only once in their lives are really the shallow people.
What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect--simply a confession of failure.
Innocence is most evident in the character of Sybil Vane. Although it is not clear to what point Dorian has come to "know" Sybil, we assume as readers that she is so oblivious to life that she has even lost any common sense when it comes to Dorian. In hopes of restoring some of his soul, Dorian chose not to corrupt her and ruin her life.
By sparing her, Dorian felt that he was doing some good. However, shortly after he realizes that he has gone too far in his proclivities and there is no turning back: Dorian himself was once innocent. He comes form a bloodline of death, sadness, and desolation that ended up with his having to be raised by a loveless uncle who presumably abused him.
It is arguable that Dorian was at a vulnerable position growing up. His social status provided for the void of love in his life. When he meets Basil and Henry, the latter takes away whatever is left of Dorian and corrupts it."The Color of Innocence" about "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde.
Examines the color white motif in the novel and the way it's meaning evolves. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) Plot Outline The story is about a handsome and eloquent young man named Dorian Gray.
Dark desires and forbidden pleasure are at the centre of The Picture of Dorian rutadeltambor.com Buzwell examines the interplay between art and morality in Oscar Wilde’s novel, and considers its use of traditional Gothic motifs as well as the theories of the new aesthetic movement. As for “The Picture of Dorian Gray” the author Oscar Wilde also uses symbolism in his novel.
Wilde’s uses the color white as Dorian’s path from figure of innocence to a figure of degradation. White connotes innocence and blankness, as it does when Dorian . The Picture Of Dorian Gray: Innocence Evelyn Sikati Theme Theme is and important aspect of a novel.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray. New York: Barnes and Noble Classics Series, . ENGA10 Midterm Books: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Heart of Darkness, Dubliners (from SPARKNOTES) The Picture of Dorian Gray full title The Picture of Dorian Gray author Oscar Wilde type of work Novel genre Gothic; philosophical; comedy of manners language English time and place written , London date of first publication The first edition of.
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