The Transformation Of The Picture Of Dorian Gray Essay

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The Transformation: Man to Monster

Monsters: they are the ones who intentionally and repeatedly hurt others, physically or emotionally, without remorse.

Filling minds with paranoia, creeping into the darkest parts of the human psyche, and starring as the the lead role in many nightmares, monsters terrorize the happiness and sanity of daily life. In Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, a scientist with good intent creates life, but he is horrified by his creation’s appearance, neglects to take proper care of it, and causes it to become ultimately wicked. In The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, a beautiful man, influenced by his friends, loses grasp of his identity and morals. Shelley and Wilde create two distinct characters, the creation and Dorian Gray, neglected of receiving proper care, misguided on their paths to self-actualization, and tainted by the influences of the corrupt, transforming them into wretched monstrosities.

Nurturing and caring for a child requires a balance of love and discipline: neither the creation nor Dorian Gray receives an appropriate balance of the two. From his first breath, the creation must face the realities and hardships of the world alone. Spying on a family of cottagers, the creation notices and envies the love he witnesses, thinking, “No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses” (Shelley 86). Here, the creation realizes that he must have a creator and that his creator, Frankenstein,…

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