The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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“To be of good quality, you have to excuse yourself from the presence of shallow and callow minded individuals,” said by Michael Bassey Johnson. Johnson’s quotation notes in order to be moral, you must remove yourself from negative surroundings and trifling individuals. This reading of the quotation relates to Oscar Wilde’s book, The Picture of Dorian Gray, since the association of negative influences from individuals seems to be the downfall of Dorian Gray. Dorian Gray is a character that was misguided throughout his adulthood because of his surroundings and affiliation with individuals, which is the blame in his, loss of innocence. The presence of a witched portrait of Dorian, takes on his mischievous actions and the deteriorated appearance while he remains youthful. The portrait allows Dorian to portray his consequences throughout the years, in which he tries to mirror it. Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray, although the protagonist to some extent is responsible for his actions, he is not entirely at fault for his downfall since the negative guidance had a greater influence. Dorian’s morality has been altered through the manipulation of Lord Henry, and the portrait.
Lord Henry is one of the individuals that impacted Dorian Gray’s downfall. Before Lord Henry meets Dorian Gray, he was informed that he was a naïve child and innocent to reality. He took advantage of what Basil told him and wanted to meet the “charming boy.” Lord Henry uttered to Basil, “He is…

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