Sunday, June 2, 2019

How Art Relates to Oscar Wildes The Picture of Dorian Gray Essay

How Art Relates to Oscar Wildes The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar Wildes The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel about a young, handsome, and vain man who has his portrait painted, and impulsively wishes that he could forever remain just as handsome as he is in the word picture -- that the painting would age instead of him. He gets his wish in a most eerie way as, with passing years, he becomes increasingly dissolute and evil, while the changes that matchless would expect to appear on his face are reflected in the portrait instead. What this book is about, clearly, is feelings and appearances becoming real. This motif is echoed and re-echoed throughout the book. Early in the novel, Sir Henry Wotten -- a cynical hedonist -- gives Dorian a book about people who tried to experience everything, both good and evil, and Dorian decides to try it in new(prenominal) words, he models his life after a work of art. The fact that Dorians one female love is an actress -- a person who wears masks an d pretends to be someone she is not -- reinforces this motif. When she reveals herself to be real, his repugnance for her is so overwhelming that it reaches out like an evil spirit and kills her Dorian therefore shooted Sybil as surely as he would murder Basil later on.We tell small children that their feelings are not actions and therefore have no repercussions of their own, but deep in our psyches we know this is not so. The earth tribal...

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