The Picture Of Dorian Gray

1416 Words Jul 21st, 2015 6 Pages
Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, chronicles the transformation of Dorian Gray from an naive youth to a corrupted monster. The simplicity of the storyline contrasts the complexity of Dorian Gray; specifically, the cause of his corruption. The cursed portrait, and characters such as Lord Henry and Basil, play a significant role in the Dorian’s journey to pernicity, but neither of three can be held entirely responsible. Dorian Gray’s initial innocence conceals an inner evil within him; the amalgamation of the three outside influences in Dorian’s life reveals his inner monstrosity.
Wilde structures the story to symbolize Dorian’s transformation into a duplicate of Lord Henry Wotton-- a selfish, manipulative and inquisitive character. The story stays third person throughout, yet centers around Lord Henry for the first few chapters as he attends various events. After a brief interruption for the depiction of Sibyl Vane and her family, while Dorian spends more time with Lord Henry, the transition in structure occurs when Dorian fights with Sibyl after her terrible performance. After Dorian’s first true act of cruelty, evident by the newfound smirk upon the portrait, the novel solely revolves around Dorian’s life. The transition in narration reflects Dorian’s newfound egocentrism as outer influences bring forth his true self. The narration never fixates on Basil’s life which mirrors both Henry’s and shortly Dorian’s ignorance and indifference towards him. The…

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