The Picture Of Dorian Gray Essays

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The idea of education through self-cultivation (Bildung) belongs to the era of modernity and of the self-realizing individual (Castle 665). The newly-formed individual returns from his journey as a master rhetorician, reconciling with his fractured self when he realizes his internalization of “fractured discourse in the world” (Castle 666). Wilde explores a world in which the protagonist reaches his ultimate goal effortlessly under the influence of others, effectively avoiding the arduous journey and discovery of self in a traditional bildungsroman. In the protagonist’ avoidance of obstacles and life without consequences, he fails to unify with the “fractured discourse in the world” and must take his life.
Just as a negative bildungsroman novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray juxtaposes with the character development in a traditional bildungsroman. Rather than developing and achieving unity with the “fractured discourse in the world,” Dorian experiences decay and deformation, fueled by his rejection of conventional morals (Castle 666). The Picture of Dorian Gray distinguishes itself from the plot structure of a traditional bildungsroman as Dorian begins and ends his journey with the body of a young man. Traditionally, a bildungsroman portrays a young man’s transition into adulthood through his commitment to identity. Until the ending scene, Dorian remains unaffected by external changes such as the marks of age and sin as he grows severely immoral and detached. His deformation…

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