Killer Instincts in Oscar Wilde's Novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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“When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others,” (Wilde 46). Dorian Gray deceives himself by not knowing he is in love, and ends by showing everyone his most horrible traits. In his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde talks about Dorian Gray, an innocent, beautiful young man who does not understand the power of his own beauty. Basil Hallward, an artist, discovers Dorian and paints a magnificent portrait of him. When one of Basil’s friends Lord Henry advises Dorian of his divine beauty and youth, Dorian wishes for the portrait to age instead of him. This idea creates a storyline for the novel, as Dorian spends more time with Lord Henry, who influences his views. These ideas lead Dorian into embarking on bad endeavors. Throughout the book, these deeds end up with Dorian killing many things. In the novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the author Oscar Wilde shows how “each man kills the thing he loves”, only if the thing he loves brings out the worst in himself. Dorian Gray realizes his hatred for the painter of his portrait Basil Hallward, and decides to kill him. After a long time away, Basil decides to visit Dorian at his home. Basil talks to Dorian about all the rumors he has heard against him and has come to confront him about them. In a heated conversation, Basil asks Dorian to see his soul, and Dorian decides to show him the portrait, as it is essentially his soul. Dorian believes that, “the man who

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