Analysis of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the main themes in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde.
# 146546 | 1,637 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 02, 2011 in Literature (English)

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The paper analyzes how Wilde explores the themes of youth, beauty, art and influence to expose the superficial ideas of a society leaning toward vanity. The paper looks at how Wilde incorporates motifs and symbolism in the novel to enhance his themes and to expose the weakness of man.

From the Paper:

"Desire is a powerful, often devastating, force. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde demonstrates just how powerful a force desire can be through the life of Dorian Gray. He is influenced and affected by desire in a dramatic way that leads to the eventual destruction of his life. Dorian becomes the focal point of the novel, in which his desire is to remain forever young. He is influenced by the picture that Basil presents to him and by the words of lord Henry. After a fatal wish, the picture begins to age, leaving Dorian to retain his wholesome good looks. While this is exactly what Dorian wishes for, he does not consider the ramifications of what has occurred. His youth leads him on a journey of decadence and sheer pleasure for the sake of pleasure - a path that ultimately leads him to commit the seven deadly sins."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. New York: Penguin Books. 1985.

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