Dorian gray

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"The content of the writing brings you directly into the author's mind." In the novel, Dorian Gray, the author, Oscar Wilde, related the values during the 19th century through his characters. His personality and view of life is expressed through his novel-"Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks of me: Dorian what I would like to be" On the surface, Dorian Gray is an example of a typical ideal aristocrat during the time which Oscar Wilde lived in. Throughout the novel, Dorian goes through stages in his life that leads to his self-absorbed and corrupted character. His curiosity of life strives him to explore these stages. Even till this day there are examples of "Dorians" in our society. They believe they are living in an age of continual crisis and are searching for ways to put meaning back to their lives.

At the beginning, Basil paints a portrait of Dorian Gray that people see as an appreciation of Dorian's beauty.

Dorian is so pure and innocent-he doesn't know anything about the anxiety of life. He has all the beauty of a child in him, but then Lord Henry enters into the picture with his influential goal for life and its meaning. "Don't spoil him. Don't try to influence him. Your influence would be bad." Lord Henry taunts Dorian and continues to remind him of all the sin that is building up and that even though his body is not aging, his soul is deteriorating fast. Lord Henry is the beginning of his corruption, but he isn't the entire reason for this development. Sibyl Vane's death happened on the verge of his transformation. She is the entire innocence, beauty, and purity that are in him. When she dies, she takes his whole childhood...