Analysis Of The Movie ' Dorian Gray ' Essay

1293 Words Apr 4th, 2016 6 Pages
Dorian Gray “The Japanese say you have three faces.
The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family.
The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are.”

The man with many faces was left with just one, his own staring back at him, mocking him for his choices. Dorian Gray was just an innocent boy but his strong desires to experience the world and everything it had to offer, fueled a darker side of him, one that should never have been seen. Was it Dorian who corrupted the world, or was it the world who corrupted Dorian?
The Japanese proverb quoted above accurately represents Dorian’s character. His first face, is his beauty, something that he shows to the world and that the world judges him on. His second face, the one he shows to Lord Henry, Basil and others who he deems as close friends, is his questions, and his ideas. The third face, the one he never showed to anyone was the portrait that was painted in Basil Hallward’s studio. It was a physical embodiment of his soul and conscience, and he hid it away from the world. Dorian Gray is a morally ambiguous character, Oscar Wilde created this character in an attempt to mock society, and its influences. Society purely based their judgements off of what Dorian’s appearance was, and they believed him to be good. Since he was…

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