published 1890 Immediately criticized ad scandalous and immoral Dorian Gray, the protagonist, is a HANDSOME, YOUNG MAN A narcissist or better he MADE OF HIS BEAUTY A NARCISSIST, DECADENT, INSANE CULT
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray <ul><li>Part gothic novel </li></ul><ul><li>Part comedy of manners </li></ul><ul><li>Part treatise on the relationship between art and morality </li></ul>
“ The Picture of Dorian Gray” Wilde with Lord Alfred Douglas <ul><li>The novel portraits not only the physical degradation, but also the corruption of a soul </li></ul><ul><li>AFTER the FULLFILMENT of his desire, he leads an IMMORAL and DISSOLUTE LIFE </li></ul><ul><li>He makes USE of EVERYBODY, letting people DIE AS A RESULT of his INSENSITIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>He commits crimes, even murder </li></ul><ul><li>He lives ONLY for the ECSTASY OF PLEASURE </li></ul>
The Life and Death of Oscar Wilde The painter Basil sees the CORRUPTED and DEFORMED IMAGE OF THE PORTRAIT Dorian kills him And finally Dorian decides to free himself of his own spiritual corruption and stabs with a dagger the portrait And Dorian mysteriously kills himself.
DEEPLY ALLEGORICAL STORY <ul><li>Somehow a 19° century version of the MYTH OF FAUST </li></ul><ul><li>THE STORY OF A MAN WHO MAKES A PACT WITH THE DEVIL so that all his desires may be satisfied </li></ul>Dorian, in return to his youth, SELLS HIS SOUL
Some Golden Lines from the Novel <ul><li>All art is quite useless. There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. </li></ul><ul><li>Being natural is simply a pose, and the most irritating pose I know. </li></ul><ul><li>I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world. </li></ul>
More G olden Lines from Dorian Gray <ul><li>The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. (Page 21) </li></ul><ul><li>Beauty is a form of Genius—is higher, indeed, than Genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the graet facts of the world, like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned. (Page 24) </li></ul>
One more sampling from the thousands in the novel…… <ul><li>There is always something ridiculous about the emotion of people whom one has ceased to love. </li></ul><ul><li>No theory of life seemed to him to be of any importance compared with life itself. </li></ul><ul><li>Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities. </li></ul>