Examples Of Aestheticism In The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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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 that define the supremacy of art into his only novel The Picture of Dorian gray written in 1890. This novel bore the true essence of what an aesthetic literature brought to the table. The strong themes of beauty, narcissism, and…show more content…
The portrayal of women, as nothing more than props; as household decorations and people of leisure and entertainment without any intellect or wit calls to question of how Wilde’s views of women are. It has been conjectured that the reason for this apathy for women characterization is due to his sexual orientation. He being a homosexual brings about the idea that he doesn’t want a female character with a decent role or to ever be in the position to ever sexualize a female character. The Character Henry Wotton is a very powerful and dominant character. He is an intelligent man and never lets up a moment to propagate his hedonistic and misogynistic viewpoints. It is believed that Lord Henry is the mouthpiece that Wilde uses to voice his own views and opinions. So, we can, to some extent, associate Lord Henry to Wilde and question his viewpoints on people and society. One of his quotes extracted from the novel illustrates how he talks about women-
“My dear boy, no woman is a genius. Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals” (4.9)
This quote was taken from one of the many sage advices that Lord Henry imparts to Dorian. Dorian was a kid who was brought up humble, gentle and was taught not
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