The literary piece that I chose is the short true story ‘No Name Woman’ by Maxine Hong Kingston and ‘Sweat ’ by Zola Neale Hurston.
In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde is able to show how possessions can change a man so drastically. Over the course of the book the readers examine how many items such as the painting, the yellow book and much more, shape and alter Dorian from being outgoing, likable, and overall good to secluded, manipulative and most of all deceitful. Dorian gray has many motives for being deceitful that help develop the characters, and change the way they interact with each other.
Literature is important to allow readers to escape reality within the pages of a book, and also to preserve the past by reading about personal experiences and understanding the norms of different time periods. It is beneficial to provide a new world for the reader, but it shows our history and how it has changed over the years. Many fiction writers hint at real-world experiences or topics and it is up to the reader to interpret the theme of the literature. Authors write to preserve our past and to show a common theme as well as open the door to allow the reader to delve into the words on the page.
The book Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving was a pleasant book to read because of how much detail Irving had put into such
One book that I will want everyone to read should have a lot of life lesson which gives the reader knowledge of how they’re supposed to be in their real life. The book “Percy Jackson & the Olympians; The Sea of Monsters,” is a very good book in which gives you life lesson on how you can be successful in life and there is always a very good moral at the end which will teach us a very good lesson that could be the most important for success.
Basil idolized Dorian for his captivating features and innocence and as a result painted a portrait of Dorian. However, after noticing the depth of his beauty, Dorian became exceedingly vain and wishes himself everlasting beauty and agelessness, while cursing the painting into carrying his burdens of old age and sins. Most extensively, the author's characterization of Lord Henry Wotton, who fills Dorian's head with his poisonous theories, are evident through teaching Dorian the importance of his beauty which causes Dorian to become narcissistic. Henry is the main cause of Dorian's corruption, by provoking him into cherishing his youth and convincing him to live the hedonistic lifestyle. Each of these instances of characterization in the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, reveals the harmful effect influence can have and that sacrificing one's self for another individual can lead to
Throughout this Arts and Humanities course we’ve been learning about various different topics. We reviewed over each topic in class and thoroughly interpreted each and every one of them. Out of the eight topics we learned the three topics that intrigued me the most were The Knight in the Panther’s Skin by Shota Rustaveli, The Canterbury Tales, “the Wife of Bath’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer, and The Allegory of the Cave by Plato.
I chose the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling because I’d been wanting to read the Harry Potter series for a while and finally got around to it this year. It was that and that two of my close friends are huge fans of it and had been nagging since forever to read the books.
More often than not, it is hard to face the consciousness of the inevitable. Everyone feels the distress of realizing that time is fleeting and they will soon grow old and wrinkly, no longer their youthful self. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, illustrates this human condition specifically through the main character Dorian Gray. Mr. Gray captures the artistic imagination of artist Basil Howard, who constantly paints portraits of Dorian. Basil usually depicts Dorian as an ancient Greek hero or a mythological creature, but when he completes his first portrait of Dorian for who he truly is he is disappointed because he feels as though this painting reveals too much about his subject. Dorian on the other hand goes to the extreme when he sees this portrait. Worrisome, Dorian believes that one day the portrait will remind him of his former beautiful and young self. Out of anguish, he curses the portrait, ultimately selling his soul to spare himself of the burdens of age and infamy, allowing him to stay forever young. In his novella, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde uses irony to exemplify an anomaly between the aging process of Dorian Gray in contrast with that of the portrait of himself, particularly in a society that prizes beauty and youth.
Dorian gray is the ultimate round character of this novel. The change he undergoes and the character development from an innocent boy full of hope, dreams and romance to a man who was full of vanity, pride and was so engulfed in his own sins that it led to him murdering one of his best friends. Throughout the whole novel, we see a handful of characters that play significant roles like Lord Henry, Basil Hallward and Sybil Vane who had their own form of tryst with Dorian. But all of them remained as stock characters who never had any significant change in personality or character. They remained more or less the same and acted as catalysts to Dorian’s ultimate demise. His condemnable downfall can be traced with the following extract-
As a whole, this opening confrontation between Lord Henry and Dorian’s initial character proves several points: one, Dorian does have his own passions and soul before meeting Lord Henry, and two, Lord Henry’s teachings initially echo Dorian’s own feelings, which are what draw him to Lord Henry over the two-dimensional Basil Hallward. Later, ironically, it is Lord Henry’s own teachings which leads to Dorian’s struggle to repress his "true self" and ultimately bring about his downfall.
Eternal beauty- do we not all wish to be beautiful forever? In The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Dorian Gray, the protagonist of the fictional novel, yearns to keep his young, good looks. Lord Henry advices Dorian to cherish his beauty while he is still young. He dreams of staying handsome like he is portrayed in the charming portrait Basil Hallward painted. His dream comes a reality and the portrait ages, as Dorian stays youthful and attractive. The painting grows into unpleasant representation of Dorian’s behavior throughout the novel.
The book which I chose is called “A Great and Terrible Beauty”. This book is the first novel in Gemma Doyle trilogy, and it was written by Libba Bray. It was recommended by my old friends, and also, it is one of my favorite novels. I have been interesting interested in this kind of fantasy novels for many years because I always can use my imagination while I am reading it. I love the books which would give you surprise all the time. Another reason for I like this book is that I already read this book for at least three times, and it still kept my interests. Every time after II’ve finished reading againthis, I’ve gotten different thoughts of world and the lifeof life.
Archetypes are important for stories. Without archetypes, stories do not engage the reader, regardless of when the story is written. This fact is especially true for the pieces The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Doki Doki Literature Club produced by Team Salvato. Written in 1890 by Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray follows the story and downfall of Dorian Gray, who is around seventeen. After Basil the painter paints his portrait and Lord Henry persuades him that beauty is fleeting, Dorian wishes that the painting would grow old and he stay young forever. The painting grants Dorian’s wish, changing its form whenever Dorian sins while Dorian keeps his youthful appearance. Doki Doki Literature Club, produced by Team Salvato in 2017, is a psychological horror visual novel in which the protagonist joins the literature club, at the coaxing of their childhood friend. The player can engage in a minigame to pick words that suit the girl that they most like, but strange occurrences begin, which hints at something deeper in the story. Initially, these stories do not seem to have any similarities. With further analysis, however, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Doki Doki Literature Club produced by Team Salvato use character personalities in similar ways, revealing that character archetypes act as a flexible guideline for authors to create a base for their characters, generating interest from their audience and keeping the audience engaged in the piece.
Life is about learning new things and allowing for others to open our minds to the possibility of new perspectives. In life I have always found that it is important to learn something new every day, so I do try to learn something new every day. In starting this class, I knew that I would be learning so many new things. From school I had a basic understanding of how the world was but to read these stories and poems, that were written on an emotional level, I never realized how bad things really were. It has made me very grateful for what I have in my life, opening my eyes to the world we live in now. So of all the many pieces I have read so far in this class it was hard to decide what pieces to choose for this assignment, but I managed to choose. First “The Chimney Sweeper” by William Blake (pg.129). Next is “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid (pg.121). Lastly “Bartleby, The Scrivener” by Herman Melville (pg.235). These three pieces of literature really spoke to me as a person, mother and friend. And I plan to tell you how these wonderful literary works have changed my perspective on the world.