Oscar Wilde 's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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When it comes to being a celebrity I find that it is inevitable to avoid being a part of some sort of controversy. At the height of Oscar Wilde’s career is where he found himself in just that. Although Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray is praised today, in the late 1800s it was seen by others as a negative shift in society and literature. In the film “Wilde”, after the release of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde’s wife Constance and his mother Jane have a conversation in regards to the novel that gives insight to how the public responded to it. In response to Jane, Constance says “People say it is full of dangerous paradoxes” (Wilde, 21:47). Within their conversation, Constance not only verbally says how others feel disdain…show more content…
The novel mostly focuses on the benefits of aestheticism, down-playing the negatives like the lack of morality, until the end of the novel when Dorian is confronted by the painting which dramatically illustrates and exposes his corrupt soul and the darker side of pursuing a self-indulgent lifestyle. In the beginning of Henry’s persuasion of Dorian, Henry tells him “the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it” (Wilde, 23). This paradoxical quote is also a hedonistic principle in the idea of consequentialism (Peek, web). It is contradictory because if you give in to a temptation then you have gotten rid of it, but you have still given in to it. In order to fight temptations self-control, also known as the “moral muscle” comes into effect. Wilde’s quote through Lord Henry is telling Dorian to lose all self-control and give into temptation. Lord Henry insist Dorian return to the “Hellenic ideal,” where beauty reigned supreme. He then goes on to say the outcome of denial is only a stronger desire for what you are denying from yourself. We can infer that people with more restrictions will have more temptations. Even if humans were all presented the same amount of
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