Essay about The Picture Of Dorian Gray And Frankenstein

1493 Words Dec 12th, 2016 6 Pages
Humanity lives by two principles, good and evil. This conflict is portrayed largely through literature. The Picture of Dorian Gray and Frankenstein, for example, both depict for the reader, themes associated with morality. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, the author, Oscar Wilde, presents morality as the physical traits of beauty and ugliness. The effects of morality are also depicted on his main character, Dorian Gray. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the reader is introduced to this conflict in a more conventional means, instead, describing good with an element of divinity. Shelley also uses her main character, Victor Frankenstein, to present a divine purpose of morality, as well as the effect that morality has on one’s character.
In both The Picture of Dorian Gray and Frankenstein, the definition of good and evil is explored. How these two ideals are defined, however, are very different. The Picture of Dorian Gray presents good and evil as an element of physical appearance, whereas, in Frankenstein, morality is described as a set of morals. In the beginning of Frankenstein, Victor describes himself as a baby, stating he was an “innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them [his parents] by Heaven, whom to bring up to good, and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct to happiness or misery” (Shelley 33-34). This description of good differs from that in The Picture of Dorian Gray, primarily because Shelley attaches a theme of divinity to the idea of good. This is…

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