Inner and Outer Beauty in Dorian Gray

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The term ‘beauty' may have very relative significance. Something can be beautiful for us, but ugly for other people. The external beauty of a person is often the first thing that we pay attention to. This is the result of the association of beauty with good and ugliness with evil. Through the outer appearance we make a general opinion about a given person. Such a way of thinking may be very misleading. In order to get to know the person we need to look to the inside – into the soul. This is the place where the real beauty and ugliness are hidden. The notion of inner and outer beauty is perfectly presented in the novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde. The story described in this book shows how the external…show more content…
I am glad I am living in a century when such wonders happen. They make one believe in the reality of the things we all play with, such as romance, passion, and love' (Chapter 7). The fear that other people could see the portrait forces Dorian to hide it. When he is sure no one will discover his secret he starts to live a life full of pleasure and sensation. His love to his own beauty makes his deeds more and more repulsive. It all happens by the consent of the society, which judges Dorian on the basis of his look. In the belief that good look comes together with good character people do not pay attention to the evil stories about him. After eighteen years Dorian's beauty is still perfect and untouched. The fear of someone seeing the picture starts to plunge him into madness. His love to aestheticism is seen in every aspect of life. He studies music and art and fills his house with beautiful objects from all around the world. The art has also other significance for him. He uses it as an excuse for his evil deeds. He commits the sins for the sake of the beauty and art. That is how he excuses his next crime, murder of Basil Hallward. When the painter sees the picture, his own work of art, he is terrified by what he sees. The figure on the portrait does not resemble his beloved friend anymore. On the contrary, the picture presents an old man with horrific evil on his face. Basil comprehends that the beautiful and young
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