Ellmann, R. (1988) Oscar Wilde. United States: Distributed by Random House. This biography of Oscar Wilde is thorough and gives a good understanding of how his life influenced his work, especially his only novel, A Picture of Dorian Gray. This biography details Wilde's philosophical nature, especially in relation to aestheticism. The combination of this philosophical view as well as Wilde's view of society and his homosexuality makes it easier to appreciate the underlying themes of the novel. This
As seems to be the theme of Oscar Wilde’s book, The picture of Dorian Gray, art an beauty are both the same, yet they are different. But how can this be? Well, beauty and art are intertwined the moment art is used to capture a sliver of pure beauty, in order to make that moment last forever. According to Lord Henry, “ Yes, Mr. Gray, the gods have been good to you. But what the goods give can easily be taken away. You only have a few years in which to live really, perfectly, and fully” (Wilde Pg.
Oscar Wilde was one of the most famous writers in the history of England. He lived in the 19th century and was one of the major contributors to the Aesthetic movement. He was a spokesperson for aestheticism. He tried his hand at various literary activities. He was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist and poet. He refined his ideas about the importance of art in a series of dialogues and essays, and incorporated themes of duplicity, beauty and decadence. He incorporated all these vital characteristics
Role of Art in The Picture of Dorian Gray Neringa Karpaviciute Candidate Number 3473 words How does Oscar Wilde use art to develop the theme of morality in the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray? Contents Page Table of contents 2 Abstract 3 Introduction 4 Main Body 5 Conclusion 12 Bibliography 14 Abstract This essay explores the various types of art used in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. The focus is made
The Importance of being earnest Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The Nature of Marriage Marriage is of paramount importance in The Importance of Being Earnest, both as a primary force motivating the plot and as a subject for philosophical speculation and debate. The question of the nature of marriage appears for the first time in the opening dialogue between Algernon and his butler, Lane, and from this point on the subject never disappears