The Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

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“ I wasn 't like this before I met you.” “ Like what?” “I didn’t feel like this. I didn’t think like this. You- you did this to me…(“Fallenoracle”).” This quote from the tv series Quantico does an effective job of expressing what Lord Henry’s influence has done to Dorian Gray throughout the philosophical novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. While some might argue that Dorian 's actual nature does not change significantly, an additional perspective is that Dorian Gray is a dynamic character that gains negative character traits by becoming vain of his youth, increasingly paranoid of someone learning of his portrait as well as the crimes he has committed, and attempting to gain pleasure from a number of deprived acts.
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One moment that this is distinctly seen is in Chapter Fourteen when Dorian divulges, “ Alan, it was murder. I killed him. You don’t know what he had made me suffer. Whatever my life is, he had more to do with the making or the marring of it than poor Harry has had. He may not have intended it, the result was the same” (Wilde, 163). In this confession, Dorian’s reason for killing Basil is that he created the portrait that reflects Dorian’s soul. Later in the novel, however, he mentions that Basil had no right to speak as crassly as he did to Dorian. While this might be another reason or the trigger for Dorian killing Basil it is not specified. It is peculiar, but not surprising that Basil is blamed more than Henry for their part in Dorian’s life. For Dorian as the creator of the portrait Basil had more blame than Henry, even if Henry is the one who purposely intervened with Dorian’s life. Overall, for these negative traits to have appeared the manifestation of vainness represents a crucial involvement.
Paranoia was acutely comparable with vainness in the alternation it produced within Dorian Gray. A distinction nonetheless was vainness generated consequences for others as well as Dorian, while paranoia impacted him personally more so than others. His first bout of strong paranoia is discerned in Chapter Ten where Dorian becomes anxious about the changes in his
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