The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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The importance of symbols in The Picture of Dorian Gray is that everyone seems to experience life in a different way based on influences that are set upon them. Most movements that one partakes in each day, allows one to gather information and assess how it influences them. Not everyone assesses how all things affect them, and that is when there become a common sight for predominant patterns to take effect in one’s life. The great array of symbols in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, can quite easily allow one to believe that anything is possible of influencing your judgment whether you want it or not. Just like Dorian exhibits beauty, Max Beerbohm mentions that Oscar Wilde himself who was the first one to truly present his beauty…show more content…
With his great looks and wealth, Dorian has nothing to worry about in terms of trying to impress anyone as everything is already as good as it will possibly get. It is the fact that Dorian can resist gratification, but he cannot resist the temptation to do it. This is clearly evident when Lord Henry speaks to Dorian about what exactly his influence is on others; “The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denial that mars our lives. We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind, and poisons us. The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. Nothing remains then but the recollections of a pleasure, or the luxury of a regret. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful. It has been said that the great events of the world take place in the brain. It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place also” (Wilde 21). The fact that even when Basil warns Dorian about the negative influence that Lord Henry has on others, Dorian is rather more curious about what Lord Henry is all about, rather than staying safe and keeping himself away from Lord Henry. He truly did not live a fulfilling childhood as it is evident with
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