The Picture Of Dorian Gray Essay

1060 Words May 9th, 2016 5 Pages
When people criticize The Picture of Dorian Gray lacks of standpoint about morality, Oscar Wilde defends his book by saying, “ All excess, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment”. The Picture of Dorian Gray, written by Oscar Wilde, describes a beautiful gentleman Dorian Gray, under the influence of his two best friends, sells his soul in exchange for everlasting beauty and youth, and dies tragically at the end. In this novel, Dorian learns beauty and vanity when he saw his portrait painted by Basil Hallward, and desires for beauty and pleasure after listening to the words of Lord Henry. As Oscar Wilde moralized, these three main characters in this novel are all punished due to their excess or restrained emotion, which refutes the criticism that The Picture of Dorian Gray is immoral. It is commonly believed that Oscar Wilde conveys his lesson of morality by punishing Basil Hallward, Dorian Gray, and Lord Henry Wotton because of excess worship to beauty, over-indulgence about sensual pleasure, renunciation of desire, respectively. Basil Hallward, a talented painter, is punished for his excess admiration to physical beauty. Basil realizes and admits that to Dorian, “I worshipped you too much. I am punished for it”(Wilde 115). When Basil first meets Dorian, he is strongly attracted by Dorian’s beautiful appearence; after that, Basil paints a full-length portrait for Dorain to appreciate his beauty. Like most of the artists do, Basil admires and worships beauty;…

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