The Picture Of Dorian Gray Analysis

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Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray shows us the triumph of a corrupting influence over a virtuous one. In the novel, Lord Henry’s influence over Dorian overpowers Basil’s and leads to Dorian’s eventual demise. In analyzing Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, the theme of good versus evil reflects off of Lord Henry’s and Basil’s interactions with Dorian and Dorian’s internal struggles, thus exemplifying that a person with weak virtues will falter in the face of hedonistic temptation. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian’s internal struggle between temptation and virtue proves to be destructive to his character. In the beginning of the novel, Basil displays his adoration for Dorian as the subject for his art. When Lord…show more content…
In the assertion, the authors state that “the portrait ultimately becomes the material trace of his inner and outer degradation”. Using the portrait as the material trace of Dorian’s degradation we have a tangible way of measuring Dorian’s fall to hedonism due to his internal struggle between good and evil. As Dorian was not a virtuous person before Lord Henry became influential to him he is quick to succumb to evil. These changes become even more apparent when Basil visits Dorian and confronts him about his portrait: Dorian Gray turned slowly around, and looked at him with tear-dimmed eyes. ‘It is too late, Basil,’ he murmured. ‘It is never too late, Dorian. Let us kneel down and try if we can remember a prayer. Isn’t there a verse somewhere, ‘Though your sins be as scarlet, yet I will make them as white as snow’?’ [Basil replied] ‘Those words mean nothing to me now.’ ‘Hush! don’t say that. You have done enough evil in your life. My God! don’t you see that accursed thing leering at us?’ (Wilde 206). While it is true that Dorian was never a truly virtuous person we can see glimpses of his regret. Dorian’s eyes are “tear-dimmed” meaning that he must hold regret over of his choices while accepting that it is too late for him to repent like Basil desires. Dorian’s internal struggle illuminates most clearly in this conversation when it is too late and evil won. His defeated and
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