The Importance Of Lord Henry 's ' The Picture Of Dorian Gray Essay

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What is the importance of Lord Henry’s introduction in the novel Dorian Gray?
Lord Henry Wotton is the first character introduced in Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. From the start of the novel it is evident that Lord Henry lives an extremely lavish lifestyle and has an eye for beautiful things and their aesthetic. His eye could “just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossom of a laburnum” as he is lying on a “divan of Persian saddle bags.” Wilde portrays Lord Henry’s scenery in a beautiful and idealistic way, revealing the true nature of the aristocratic lifestyle of the time – doing little and appreciating the art and beauty of things. The first words from Lord Henry’s mouth (criticising The Academy and how “vulgar” it is) gives an insight to the character Lord Henry is expected to be within the novel; conceited yet intelligent and someone with somewhat important influential views.
Henry’s importance regarding dynamics between characters (specifically Henry and Dorian) relies heavily upon his strong hold of influence over others. Our first impression of Dorian is that he is modest and innocent, as he tells Basil, “… I don’t want a life-sized portrait of myself,” and is fidgeting in a “wilful, petulant manner.” As Lord Henry and Dorian first bond, Wilde continues to use nature based description for Dorian – with Lord Henry complimenting his “rose-red youth” and “rose-white boyhood” portraying Dorian in a fragile and innocent manner, like…

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