Oscar Wilde 's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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Thomas McElroy
Mrs. Pomerantz
Honors English Period 14
2/16/16

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In life it’s not about counting the years but instead making the years count. Kevin McElroyIn The Picture of Dorian Gray, the author Oscar Wilde relays the message to the reader that youth decays with age but value and beauty does not. The character Dorian Gray mourned his stage of youth through the portrait instead of having cherished the times he experienced. This use of symbolism through the portrait is Wilde 's way of expressing this theme. This main symbol is the portrait itself as the author uses it to gradually reveal Dorian’s true identity. Dorian Gray is an attractive figure on the outside, but on the inside there is an obsessive and selfish person. These inner qualities eventually lead to his murderous acts and overall self-destruction.

The author Oscar Wilde uses the symbolism of the portrait to display Dorian Gray’s psychological breakdown due to his inability to keep his youth. “Every moment that passes takes something from me, and gives something to it. Oh, if it were the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day- mock me horribly!” (Wilde 29). This scene shows an example of foreshadowing, as the portrait will eventually lead to his physical and mental decay. In this quote there is clear hostility in his tone as it is just the beginning of his character display. The truth about the painting mocking him…
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