The Picture Of Dorian Gray Essay

1276 Words Oct 27th, 2016 6 Pages
In all most of our lives, we take some type of influence from many other things whether it is positive or negative. In The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, the main character Dorian Gray is being influenced by these two completely different impactful characters his friends; Basil Hallward and Lord Henry. Basil paints a portrait of Dorian gray appreciating the epitome of beauty and Lord Henry and acquaintance of Basil convinces him to sell his soul to be forever young while the portrait grows old. The piece of art flares varying attitudes closest to Dorian and he begins to be more self-indulgent and corrupt inside and out. In the novel, Lord Henry is considered a negative source for Dorian. He is uninterested with morality and he strongly values hedonism and aestheticism. Basil on the other hand is recognized as the positive source. He believes the innocent image of Dorian and wants to maintain it. Dorian acts upon his own actions and impulses, But Both Lord Henry and Basil Howard both made an effort to influence Dorian in positive and negative ways.
Basil Howard by definition is anesthetist and an artist. He is the core upper class man who values mankind. He greatly admires Dorian Gray. He paints a picture of Dorian gray and puts “the secret of my own soul” (Wilde 4). Basil is so obsessed with this the young man he appreciates and allows his emotions and feelings to go into the painting. Dorian was a man “whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if he allowed…

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