The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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At the height of his success, Oscar Wilde wrote his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, which follows the life of a young man living in late nineteenth-century London. The novel shares a similar storyline with that of Wilde’s life, as Wilde wrote it in attempt to justify his homosexuality. The protagonist of the novel, Dorian Gray, enters the story an innocent man, but eventually becomes corrupt due to his need for instant pleasure. Wilde recognizes that the topic of his homosexuality brings up the importance of challenging society, but he uses Dorian’s character to depict the dangers of completely disobeying society. He does so by making Dorian succumb to the temptations of hedonism, the pursuit of instant pleasure through any means possible, in this novel. Wilde faced persecution by society, and hoped that through his novel he could show society the truly corrupt actions of people, therefore proving that his homosexuality does not compare to morally wrong actions like murder. Wilde wanted society to understand that life’s meaning involves living with some rejection to societal acceptance and morals, and that people should find a stable balance between the rights and wrongs of society and live upon that as he did. After having married and raising two children, Oscar Wilde discovered his homosexuality upon meeting John Gray in 1889. Perhaps because John felt indifferent towards Wilde, Wilde launched a campaign to win John’s affection. The resulting relationship became the

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