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The plot of the book, the picture of Dorian Gray, involves several characters namely, Dorian Gray who is a man in his youths with extraordinary and an excellent appearance. He became an infant at a very tender age. At first, he appears to be a well-brought-up person, although he suffers from emotional tribulations due to poor childhood.
Due to influence by a man named Lord Henry Wotton, he slips himself in to the world of disbanding and humiliations. Lord Wotton represents the character of a corrupt noble who smoke cigarettes, which are opium-contaminated, comprehend disreputable books, and normally follows life full of contentment. Basil Hallward is a person who has the honors' of painting a complete portrayal of Dorian Gray. He implores Dorian Gray to modify his dubious ways but instead he receives blows and finally dies tragically at the hands of dorian gray. Sybil Vane is a character who represents youthful beauty and falls in love with Dorian. This is evident when she referred to him as prince charming but later Dorian breaks her heart when he deserts her. Other characters include Mrs. Vane, Sybil's mother, James Vane who is Sybil's brother and very concerned about his sisters wellbeing. Allan Campbell is Dorian's former who after killing Basil, Dorian convenes him to dispose the dead body. Geoffrey Clouston is the character who accidentally kills James Vane and Hetty Merton is a peasant young woman who Dorian decides not to seduce when he during his transformation.
The novel begins with an artist named Basil who has a studio in London. On one amusing days during the summer season, he evaluates a canvas on an easel placed at the center of the room. It is the portrait of a handsome youthful chap named Dorian Gray. Lord Henry Wotton who is a humorous and contemptuous acquaintance accompanies him. Hallward explains to his friend about portraits. Gray and Haward met at Lady Brandon's house, who is a hostess. The two men were introduced to each other by Lady Brandon and eventually became good acquaintances. Wotton was very enthusiastic to come across Gray. Gray goes into the studio when Wotton and Hallward were in the garden discussing him. When they enters the studio after their discussion, Gray was already there sitting on the chair next to the piano. Hallward introduces Gray to Wotton and referring him as an old acquaintance who has bad influence. Wotton depicts Gray as a handsome person and that his face makes him appear trustworthy. While Hallward is painting the portrait, Wotton and Gary walk off to the garden to talk. Dorian is interested with Wotton because he admires his stumpy unenergetic voice, which was mesmerizing. Wotton makes compliments about Gray's looks but enlightens him that his life of enjoyment is very short. He advises him to take pleasure of his life to the fullest. Suddenly Hallward completes to paint the portrait and calls his friends to look at it. Gray seems not to b e impressed by the painting because he thinks that when he grows older, the portrait will still look younger but for him he will be old. Wotton admires the portrait suggesting it to be good then Lord Henry proposes to purchase it.
The theme of beauty is express in the book through Lord Henry's acclamations that beauty and youth are the most important things in life. When Lord Henry conveys this belief to Dorian, it makes him to make a yearning that eventually damns him. After the realization that he will maintain his youthful look, in spite of indulging in depraved actions, he believes he is gratuitous of the ethical constrictions faced by a common person. Dorian Gray deems in physical appearance more than the condition of his fundamental nature. This is demonstrated in the way he continues to degrade the portrait. The motivating system behind the central character damnation is in his apparent confidence in the definitive assessment of attractiveness.
Right through the entire novel, beauty is the main theme, Wilde (2000). It becomes a means to invigorate the worn out intelligence as denoted by the effect of the painting on skeptical Lord Henry. Beauty in this novel also indicates the ways of breaking away from the world brutalities. It is evident when Dorian runs away from the consequences of his actions and his perception and dedicate himself to learning attractive things like exceptional embroidery, melodies, and gemstones. In any culture where accolades of beauty are so high, youth and pleasant appearance becomes an immense commodity. According to Wilde, Lord Henry harks back at Dorian about this on their initial meeting when he told him that his most valuable characteristics would be lost soon enough due to old age (2000). The Duchess of Monmouth proposes to Lord Henry about his placing too much significance on possessions where the downfall of Dorian Gray substantiates her disbeliefs.
Basil Hallward, a painter sometimes stressed by his drawings changed his life suddenly after meeting Dorian. He begins painting stunning work of art because of his enthrallment with Dorian. Basil is aware the Dorian attractiveness will bring him predicaments, Jackson & Ian (2005). The portrait renders a relationship between Dorian and beauty. He perceives the consequences of old age that Lord Henry had pointed at him. According to the painter, the portrait will display Dorian's soul and all the things he does. He further articulates that the portrait will abide Dorian's sins.
In the novel, Dorian attractiveness attracts Basil and Lord Henry. That Beauty is the cause of Dorian's lamentations and through this, the novel is set in motion. At the end of the book, Dorian laments his choice to trade exquisiteness for the extremes of life, Jackson & Ian (2005).
Basil backs the presumption of decent beauty established upon an equilibrium linked between body and soul but Lord Henry supports the division between these two forms of occurrences. Lord Henry nurtures the culture of scrutinizing his life rather his existence. There is one instance where he arrogantly announces that being talked about is the only worse thing in the world. The viewpoint of self-indulgence that he outlines in this novel and which Dorian Gray to his disadvantage, accurately, and symbolically takes in- only separates the spiritual from the physical self. According to Lord Henry, genuine beauty ends where a rational appearance begins. Part of his accomplishment in the society is his capability to influence others on how he believes in the worth of the beauty other than the good.
Dorian corporeal attractiveness is the most appreciated element and his most crippling vice is arrogance. After Lord Henry instills a sense of value to his beauty, vanity prompts Dorian's actions Callow (2009). For example his desire for unending youth at the beginning of the story, to obliterate the picture at the ending of the novel and even his attempts at altruism are driven by yearn to improve his soul's appearance.
The novel premise is that the youthfulness and the innocent beauty of Dorian will disappear because of age and his appearance will reflect the quality if his soul. After his break up with Sybil, Dorian realizes that the portrait illustrates his divine and emotional deterioration.
According to Callow, although beauty and youth remain the paramount significance at the conclusion of the novel-the portrait is returned to its innovative appearance. It also gives proposition on the reward that an individual have to recompense for them are remarkably sky scraping, Dorian gives his essence (2009). Also please talk about the death of dorian gray and how his death restored the picture to its original form.
In conclusion, people consider persons with overwhelming beauty to be forgiven when they obligate themselves to atrocious crimes. Youth and corporeal beauty are valuable possessions for any society that puts beauty before anything else. This is portrayed in the novel picture of Dorian Gray. The praising of beauty throughout the novel and can be used to escape world brutalities. Dorian Gray deems in physical appearance more than the condition of his fundamental nature. Demonstration for this is displayed in the way he continues to degrade the portrait. In any culture where accolades of beauty are so high, youth and pleasant appearance becomes an immense commodity. Lord Henry harks back at Dorian about this on their initial meeting when he told him that his most valuable characteristics would be lost soon enough due to old age. Basil backs the presumption of decent beauty established upon an equilibrium linked between body and soul but Lord Henry supports the division between these two forms of occurrences. Dorian corporeal attractiveness is the most appreciated element and his most crippling vice is arrogance. After Lord Henry instills a sense of value to his beauty, vanity prompts Dorian's actions.