The picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde, manipulation, influence, self-hatred, Basil, Lord Henry, corruption
From the beginning of the novel, Dorian portrays the essence of male beauty and youth.
Basil is taken aback by the perfection in Dorian's appearance. Lord Henry is friends with Basil. Basil is hesitant for Lord Henry to be introduced to Dorian. Basil knows the ways of Lord Henry and is well aware of his history of manipulation.
[...] The picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde (1890) - Do the seeds of Dorian Gray's destruction ultimately lie in Dorian's self-hatred? (All references made in this essay had been taken from the book The Picture of Dorian Grey and also taken from a deep analysis of the book from me.) I agree with the statement mentioning that the seed of Dorian's destruction lie in his own hands. From the beginning of the novel, Dorian portrays the essence of male beauty and youth. [...]
[...] Dorian disregards Basil and allows himself to get absorbed into the selfishness of Lord Henry. Now, with Dorian following the path of Lord Henry, he allows himself to follow the path that he is most drawn to. He is able to distinguish what is right and wrong, yet he still chooses the path that he knows deep down is morally incorrect. This is the very beginning of Dorian gaining a sense of selfishness. Lord Henry's influence on Dorian The first conversation that took place between Lord Henry and Dorian, they discussed how "the influence of someone is almost as if the influencer is taking away the chance for that person to know who they truly are." This mentions that a person is so easily absorbed and influences by somebody else, that they eventually lose full self-control, and they are unable to make their own decisions. [...]
[...] He feels touched and gets the sensation as if he is seeing himself for the first time. His view on the painting quickly turns negative as he envies the picture, and the picture will never age but he will. He wants the painting to grow old and lose its youth so that he can stay young and beautiful forever. The Faustian bargain now comes into play. "If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old For that I would give everything Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give I would give my soul for that." Conclusion This is where I agree with the statement that Dorian is responsible for his own corruption. [...]
[...] Lord Henry begins to realize how innocent and sweet Dorian really is, and this gave Lord Henry all the more reason to continue with the corruption on Dorian. The first thing Lord Henry had noticed about Dorian was his vulnerability. This set him on the path to "get to work." He planted the seeds of fear in Dorian's mind about growing old and losing youthfulness. This is the first scene where we can notice Lord Henry already gaining power over Dorian. [...]
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