The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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Oscar Wilde explores the theme of outsiders in his 1890 novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. He infuses what it means to be an outsider in almost every character in the story. The most important of these characters are Dorian Gray, Henry, and Basil. Each show what it means to be an outsider in his own individual way; whether it is an outsider among society, among a group of friends, or from a person’s own self. The main character, Dorian Gray, possesses most attributes of being an outsider. The most obvious way is being an outsider from himself. The picture of Dorian ages, while he doesn 't, thus he is outside of himself or his soul. Dorian is torn between doing what is right and giving into his desires, making him has conflicting emotions and causing him to be an outsider from his own self. He can also be considered an outsider among his peers. Whereas they thrive in being mean and uncaring, he tries to be good. For instance, Henry pressures Dorian to not let on that he knows Sibyl, although Dorian feels badly about this at first. Another prime example of this is in chapter 19, when Dorian announces to Henry that he will change his ways and be good, claiming he has already changed a little. Throughout the novel, Dorian behaves like an insider by constantly conforming to Henry, but in reality he doesn’t want to. He tries very hard to resist giving in and believes by completing a few good deeds, such as leaving Hetty alone and not corrupting her, will set him back on the path

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