The Picture Of Dorian Gray Essay example

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In today’s society the idea of everlasting beauty is very prominent. This is seem through the many creams that can be used to help conceal wrinkles and make the skin smoother, however, those do not stop aging forever. In “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” by Oscar Wilde, everlasting beauty is an important aspect that leads to ultimate demise. During the Victorian era, beauty was extremely imperative. When an individual shows beauty they were considered to be very wealthy and influential people. Though not only the outward appearance of an individual mattered, the art in which surrounded them was also important. Only the wealthy and upper class of society could truly be able to understand the significance of the art; this frame of mind separated many higher class citizens from the true meaning of art. This is the case with the main characters of the novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” By putting such an emphasis on outward beauty of individuals the three main characters, Basil Hallward, Lord Henry Wotton, and finally Dorian Gray fail to distinguish art from life which ultimately leads to death and despair.
Throughout this novel Basil is the voice of pure good while confronted with evil. Right away in the beginning of the novel, Wilde describes Basil as an independent individual that is until he meets the mysterious Dorian Gray. Wilde writes in chapter one that Basil’s art changes after meeting Dorian, he becomes Basils, muse, art and life. Though right away Basil does see…

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