Immorality In The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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While reading The Picture of Dorian Gray first thing that came into my mind is how shallow and vain someone can be, and at the same time pretend everything is normal. Dorian Gray, the protagonist of the novel is exactly that: self-loving, egotistic young man who is not capable of making out good from evil. Maybe it would be more proper to say that he does not want to acknowledge his misbehaviour even though he is aware of it. This corrupt demeanor of his naturally brings out immorality in all aspects of life. Thus, the connection between these two characteristics will be the main focus of my essay.
˝Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the specatator, and not life, that
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He perceives life only through physical appearance and youth. He believes that everything important in life comes with good looks. He is terrified of the fact that one day he might grow old and lose his identity. Therefore, his soul is the one that ages. All of his sins and misdeeds accumulate in that picture, as it is described in the novel: ˝The cheeks would become hollow or flaccid. Yellow crow's feet would creep round the fading eyes and make them horrible.˝ In movie adaptation, the act of aging is very vividly shown. With each sin that Dorian commits, worms start to crawl out of the canvas and blood dribbles from his hands, especially when he murders Basil with a knife. He knows no difference between what is right and what is wrong, though he senses at the end of the novel that he had might exaggerated with the murder. He wants to repent and become a new, liberated man but not for the right reasons. He only wants that because he sees no other escape from the pit of sinfulness and immorality which he had been digging for himself all these years. And that is what eats him inside. There is no actual remorse, just cognition that the day when he will finally look like his own soul is right around the

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