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Corruption In The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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In The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde the desire of wanting to remain young and beautiful through influence leads to negative consequences. Throughout the story there were many times in which Dorian depicted being corrupted with the thought of wanting to stay handsome forever. The author is trying to prove that influence can spark negative consequences and destruction. The setting in the garden, the portrait, the yellow book, and a few literary devices display ways in which Dorian is slowly becoming corrupted by Lord Henry. To begin with, the book takes place in London, and as we get farther into the book it starts to show the different sides Dorian has as he enters different parts of London. In the one part, Dorian is a charming guy that people love for the simple fact that he’s handsome. In the side of London, Mr. Gray is evil looking for ways to forget the bad. Basil Hallward, one of Dorian’s most caring and loyalist friend knew what Lord Henry was up to when Henry stated in the beginning of the novel that he wanted to meet Dorian Gray, but Hallward decided that he wanted Dorian to remain as a mystery and states “Don’t spoil him. Don’t try to influence him..” (Wilde 1.24) This leads to one of the key settings, Basil’s studio. It’s where Dorian and Henry first met; when they were in the garden it was the start of corruption. Later on in the garden, Lord Henry tells Dorian that “Beauty is a form of Genius” (Wilde 2.16) which encourages Dorian to be selfish with
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