Moral And Social Ideas In Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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Register to read the introduction… His novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and his enormously successful plays "Lady Windermere’s Fan" (1892), "A Woman of No Importance" (1893), and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (1895), served as catalysts in creating the modern era. The plays forced Victorian society to re-examine its hypocrisies and delineated with wit and humor, the arbitrariness of many moral and social taboos.

At the opening of his play "Lady Windermere’s Fan" he wore a green carnation, an open acknowledgement of the homosexual subculture to which he and many of his friends belonged. Two years later, in 1895, the eighth Marquees of Queensberry put Wilde on center stage for his off-and-on relationship with his son Lord Alfred Douglas. Wilde’s trials gave the court of public opinion its first opportunity to debate the ethics of homosexuality; unfortunately for him, his trials offered the nation’s legal system the same

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