Dorian displays no such pursuit of intellectual perfection as he is slowly corrupted and in turn corrupts others, luring them with him into the slums and opium dens of London. Wilde realized and depicted in the life of Dorian Gray, a need for a more controlled and deliberate approach to aestheticism, without which morality will inevitably be elusive.
As Arnold views his contemporary society, it is arranged hierarchically, dividing the aristocrats, the middle-class, and the working-class, all of which, Arnold laments, are inclined to live hedonistically, pursuing pleasure and only what is comfortable and easy.
Wilde conflates the images of the upper-class man and lower-class man in Dorian Gray, a gentleman slumming for strong entertainment in the poor parts of London town.
Dorian pursues Sibyl from first sights, intent on acquiring her before he ever attempts to truly know her. He warns Lord Henry to stay away from Dorian in fear that he would corrupt him.
Wilde himself admits, in a letter to the St. Throughout, Lord Henry appears unaware of the effect of his actions upon the young man; and so frivolously advises Dorian, that "the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
Yet, most of the criticism was personal, attacking Wilde for being a hedonist with a distorted view of conventional morality of Victorian Britain. The world has cried out against us both, but it has always worshipped you He devotes himself to having as many experiences as possible, whether moral or immoral, elegant or sordid.
Rather, the proponents of this philosophy extended it to life itself. It can be poisoned or made perfect. Influences on others, if existent, are trivial at best. James had been seeking vengeance upon Dorian ever since Sibyl killed herself, but had no leads to pursue: In the novel, Lord Henry Wotton trumpets the aesthetic philosophy with an elegance and bravado that persuade Dorian to trust in the principles he espouses; the reader is often similarly captivated.
Eventually, as in the myth of Narcissus, such egotism has its consequences. Alan later kills himself over the deed. James Vane James Vane, her brother.
Art should be beautiful and pleasure its observer, but to imply further-reaching influence would be a mistake. Dorian blackmails Alan into destroying the body of the murdered Basil Hallward; Campbell later shoots himself dead.
I should fancy that crime was to them what art is to us, simply a method of procuring extraordinary sensations"—implying that Dorian is two men, a refined aesthete and a coarse criminal.
A 19th century London opium den based on fictional accounts of the day. His beauty had been to him but a mask, his youth but a mockery. Dorian then calmly blackmails an old friend, the scientist Alan Campbell, into using his knowledge of chemistry to destroy the body of Basil Hallward.
Opponents of a purely aesthetic lifestyle will certainly cite what they consider an inevitability: His crimes include murder. And the moral is this: The Picture of Dorian Gray. To the aristocrat Harry, the observant artist Basil says, "You never say a moral thing, and you never do a wrong thing.
The enamoured Sibyl calls him "Prince Charming", and swoons with the happiness of being loved, but her protective brother, James, warns that if "Prince Charming" harms her, he will murder him.
This suggests that emotion and romance can be tainted and destroyed in the process of valuing lust over love. There is an argument, then, made by Wilde for a new aestheticism, approached with more constraint than Dorian employs. It then appears that Dorian uses sin to maintain his youth, his physical form unaffected.
Rather than an advocate for pure aestheticism, then, Dorian Gray is a cautionary tale in which Wilde illustrates the dangers of the aesthetic philosophy when not practiced with prudence. Dorian reveals his epiphany to Lord Henry: Perhaps, as Harry says, a really grande passion is the privilege of those who have nothing to do, and that is the use of the idle classes in a country.
Dorian wonders if his new-found goodness has reverted the corruption in the picture, but when he looks he sees only an even uglier image of himself. I must ask him about it.
You are the type of what the age is searching for, and what it is afraid it has found. To escape the guilt of his crime, Dorian goes to an opium denwhere James Vane is unknowingly present.Everything you ever wanted to know about Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
Home / Literature / The Picture of Dorian Gray / Character Quotes / Dorian Gray. BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis. The Picture of Dorian Gray. The picture of Dorian Gray, “the most magical of mirrors,” shows Dorian the physical burdens of age and sin from which he has been spared.
For a time, Dorian sets his conscience aside and lives his life according to a single goal: achieving pleasure. Dorian Gray Character Timeline in The Picture of Dorian Gray The timeline below shows where the character Dorian Gray appears in The Picture of Dorian Gray.
The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. A list of all the characters in The Picture of Dorian Gray. The The Picture of Dorian Gray characters covered include: Dorian Gray, Lord Henry Wotton, Basil Hallward, Sibyl Vane, James Vane, Mrs.
Vane, Alan Campbell, Lady Agatha, Lord Fermor, Duchess of Monmouth, Victoria Wotton, Victor, Mrs.
Leaf. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, does Dorian Gray attempt to reform his dissolute life? In the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, the character of Dorian Gray is a tragic antihero.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Home / Literature / The Picture of Dorian Gray / The Picture of Dorian Gray Analysis Literary Devices in The Picture of Dorian Gray. Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory we also dip into the minds of other characters here and there, from Lord Henry to Mrs.