Even things that are true can be proved. The presence of a witched portrait of Dorian, takes on his mischievous actions and the deteriorated appearance while he remains youthful. I loved you because you were marvellous, because you had genius and intellect, because you realised the dreams of great poets and gave shape and substance to the shadows of art. With the exquisite symmetry of this conclusion the novel ends, revealing itself as a dazzling play of mirrors. Articles Wilde and Morality Peter Benson deconstructs the moral intrigues of Dorian Gray. This pursuit of perfection, however, is likely an arduous and uncomfortable task, and is therefore incompatible with pure aestheticism. The famous supernatural premise of the story, which has made it a classic of the gothic macabre, is that the painting will show the moral and physical decay of Dorian while Dorian remains as fresh-faced as when its pigments were still wet.
The trouble starts when Henry warns Dorian that his extraordinary beauty and youth will fade, and tells him to make the most of it. The twittering lord is thus made an indelible for his ease of expression and his envied indifference. Their parents and peers influence their personas and ultimately who they become. Basil Hallward, a painter, knows the corruptive influence that Lord Henry can impose upon his model, Dorian Gray. His soul, certainly, was sick to death.
Interestingly, if sin is relegated to the mind, as Lord Henry would have it, then it should follow that the body is free from the effects of sin. Should these principles crumble, ethical boundaries would give way to anarchical freedom. Dorian, a handsome young man, has his portrait painted by Basil Hallward, a skilful artist, who also fatefully introduces him to Lord Henry Wotton. All of these events make him want to start over, but he cannot make himself confess his crimes. While exploring the role of art, Wilde also delves into a related theme: beauty. When Basil is painting Dorian, he notices a change. During his early childhood his mother influenced him and into college some of his professors and certain philosophers left a substantial impression upon him.
It is possible to love, to create, to enjoy, but leave room for sober reflection of their actions. Throughout the novel, Wilde explores the role of art by examining the relationship between a work of art and its viewer. The outcome of denial, he goes on to say, is only a stronger desire for that which has been denied. This self-absorption, then, appears to be an inevitable consequence of aestheticism. Unlike Lord Henry's ease about his rank, Dorian's angst about the ephemeral nature of his beauty is shown as the true enemy of a person's self. Like his stories and plays, Oscar Wilde does not employ many characters to run the story of his novel. One could not escape from them.
But society is blind to the subtle distinctions between beauty and ugliness, it records only the external attributes of personality, completely forgetting about the internal. About antics Dorian know all, but from this it does not cease to love and respect. Dorian must give into temptation if he wants to be happy. Some of his other remarks in these defensive letters to magazines may help us to find a way out of this maze of contradictions. You only taught me to be vain. This book is truly a masterpiece. .
She was free in her prison of passion. Nevertheless, Lord Henry persists in corrupting Dorian. This marks the lowest point of his slide into evil. Hence, even to understand the novel in an intelligent manner, the reader must bring to it some fairly ordinary moral assumptions. Afraid, he escapes to his country house, where he also invites some guests. For these there is hope. The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde.
Lord Henry wants to own the portrait, but Basil wants to give it to Dorian since he is the rightful owner. It is in their ominous acts that their factual embodiment is exposed. You were the most unspoiled creature in the whole world. Whereas, we wish them to be artists, that is to say men. In the end, as a testament to the purely aesthetic life, the only legacy Dorian leaves behind—everything that identifies him as who he was—is his superficial jewelry. This relationship between Gray and his portrait is a way of exploring the relationship between the outside world and the self.
It would be a mistake, however, to interpret the novel as a patent recommendation of aestheticism. Dorian now has a justification for ignoring his conscience and acting sinfully. When Dorian was first allowing his image to be captured on canvas by Basil, he was simultaneously listening to the seductive paradoxes of Lord Henry. Plot Basil Hallward is an established artist living in London in the house of his aunt. Yet we are left in considerable doubt as to the result of his desertion of her. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self.
He is a person who celebrates beauty, youth, and pleasures of any kind. Arnold focuses on its detrimental effects on society and the possibility for societal improvement when aesthetic tendencies are properly controlled. Wilde has brains, and art, and style; but if he can write for none but outlawed noblemen and perverted telegraph-boys, the sooner he takes to tailoring or some other decent trade the better for his own reputation and the public morals. Arnold is optimistic that some may pursue beyond the immediately pleasurable and act to perfect themselves both morally and intellectually. Dorian pursues Sibyl from first sights, intent on acquiring her before he ever attempts to truly know her.
Her prince, Prince Charming, was with her. But, he is too late. Excess can be a renunciation of the opposite idea, and vice versa. That being said, some things are definitely wrong — for example, like killing your former best friend, then having his body chemically…um, for lack of a better word, disappeared. You never say a moral thing, and you never do a wrong thing. Indeed, Dorian appears to realize the consequences of his unbridled aestheticism; however, he is much too far gone to salvage. It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place also.