The Picture Of Dorian Gray And Stavrogin 's Confession

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The story “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “Stavrogin’s Confession” at first my seem similar only because both main characters are narcissus yet when one takes the time to analyze each story there is a deeper connection. Each story hints on how society misinterprets a beautiful person and wealthy person with a person who is noble. Although each story was written by different authors, both had a similar opinion on how a person can be influenced. At first sight, Oscar Wilde the author of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” wish to emphasize on the importance of beauty and youth from the beginning. This was illustrated on the way Dorian character has been first introduced, “In the center of the room, clamped to an upright easel, stood the full-length portrait of a young man of extraordinary personal beauty, and in front of it, some little distance away, was sitting the artist himself, Basil Hallward, whose sudden disappearance some years ago caused, at the time, such public excitement, and gave rise to so many strange conjectures.” (Page 3) In this one passage Oscar Wilde was able to give Dorian character an extraordinary advantage over the other characters. “Full-length portrait of a young man of extraordinary personal beauty” hints to the reader that Dorian is above the other towering over people because of his extraordinary beauty. Fyodor Dostoevsky the author of “Stavrogin’s Confession” did the same when he wrote; “He hastily drank his coffee, hastily dressed himself, and

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