The Picture Of Dorian Gray

1884 Words Apr 12th, 2016 8 Pages
“The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.” (Page 3) The Picture of Dorian Gray’s opening paragraph is a seductive statement of the themes and trajectory of the novel, and introduces the character. The words ‘The studio’ assert art as one of the novel’s preoccupations. Then ‘the rich odour of roses’ makes the most suggestive of all the senses – smell and hints at the nature of the incumbent artist. The rose has a lot of symbolism. Its symbolic identity is so powerful that it has permeated the market. Significant in all major religions, it is the archetypical flower. It represents the soul’s condition in a journey, the deepest human passion and the supreme achievement of the spiritual quest – a pure heart and a perfected soul. Its essential oil heals the heart and imparts bliss. And… it has thorns. But here, at the highest and purest note of Wilde’s symphony, is not the place for their pricks.
“From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in…

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