The Picture Of Dorian Gray Essay

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People think that their children naturally accumulate knowledge when they have access to high quality education. Actually, the higher education gives a possibility for them to grow and to develop themselves, when they know what needs to be improved. However, the education does not guarantee their growth and development when they do not acknowledge their weaknesses. Knowing one’s weakness is indispensable for developing or overcoming it. In the novel of Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the main character, Dorian, has a weakness is that his excessive vanity result in the feeling of superiority; his appearance is much better than that of anyone else. While he does not realize his weakness, his feeling of superiority makes him blind to the truth that he is becoming uncontrollably confused with the flow of time and the reality of himself. He may think that his beauty can satisfy his inner being and desire, but actually it begins to destroy him. When he is immersed in his external form and appearance, he fails to notice that his inner being begins to be destroyed.
At first, Dorian was an innocent man who did not extremely pursue vanity. However, he saw his own likeness through the portrait of himself painted by Basil. This was the crucial moment that changed his personality: “When he saw the portrait, he drew back, and his cheeks flushed for a moment with pleasure…A look of joy came into his eyes; as if he had recognized himself for the first time.” He was shocked to…

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