Dorian's Conscience in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Dorian's Conscience in "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
An analysis of Oscar Wilde's novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray".
# 120176 | 1,154 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 06, 2010 in Literature (English) , Psychology (General)


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The paper reveals that although "The Picture of Dorian Gray" may seem to depict little more than a battle between morality and aesthetics, Oscar Wilde's novel is, rather, a profound examination of the psychology of the human mind. The paper highlights the story's theme of tracking the psychological transformation of an innocent youth to that of a corrupt, self-absorbed young man, and finally, to that of a repentant, albeit misguided, middle-aged man.

From the Paper:

"Although The Picture of Dorian Gray may seem on first reading to depict little more than a battle between morality and aesthetics, Oscar Wilde's novel is, rather, a profound examination of the psychology of the human mind. An extended metaphor is born the moment the painting begins to register the effects of Dorian's transgressions, whereby the portrait becomes the physical representation of his conscience, and the attic in which he stores the increasingly horrific portrait represents his subconscious. The act of hiding the painting, so that neither he nor others may witness the continual corruption of his soul, reflects Dorian's endeavor to suppress his conscience, and ignore this intrinsic alarm's function to keep his actions in check."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Oates, Joyce Carol. "The Picture of Dorian Gray: Wilde's Parable of the Fall." Critical Inquiry > Vol. 7, No. 2 (Winter, 1980), pp. 419-428.
  • Seagroatt, Heather. "Hard Science, Soft Psychology, and Amorphous Art in The Picture of Dorian Gray." Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 > Vol. 38, No. 4, Nineteenth Century (Autumn, 1998), pp. 741-759.
  • Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. New York: The Modern Library, 2004.

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