The Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

2792 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 12 Pages
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde In Oscar Wilde’s first novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde strategically uses his main characters Lord Henry Wotton and Basil Hallward to represent good versus evil influences throughout the reading. In the book, Dorian Gray plays the role of the everyman who is in a vicious circle on having to decide between the side of good or evil. Lord Henry is the evil influence and is seen as a more devil-like character while Basil Hallward is the good Christianity like influence that is trying to counteract the teachings of the devil. From the very beginning of the novel Lord Henry’s evil forces tempt Dorian and a battle quickly begins between good (Basil) and evil (Henry) over control of Dorian’s soul. This essay aims to prove that Wilde’s strategical use of influence from Basil and Henry on Gray ultimately destroy Dorian and lead to his surprising death. The Picture of Dorian Gray opens on a beautiful summer day in Basil Hallwards studio which is filled with the rich aroma of roses and lilac flowers. In the middle of the studio stood a full length portrait that displayed Dorian’s personal beauty with such great detail. Just inches away from the painting sat the artist, Basil, who was putting the finishing touches on his greatest creation as an artist. Basil’s friend Lord Henry was also in the room admiring his friends work calling it the best thing Basil had ever done and insists that Basil introduce him to the subject, but Basil…
Open Document