The Picture Of Dorian Gray Essay

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As seems to be the theme of Oscar Wilde’s book, The picture of Dorian Gray, art an beauty are both the same, yet they are different. But how can this be? Well, beauty and art are intertwined the moment art is used to capture a sliver of pure beauty, in order to make that moment last forever. According to Lord Henry, “ Yes, Mr. Gray, the gods have been good to you. But what the goods give can easily be taken away. You only have a few years in which to live really, perfectly, and fully” (Wilde Pg. 22). However, much like Lord Henry’s take on beauty and youth, comparing beauty and art is the same as comparing aestheticism with creativity. One can only capture so much of the other, but they can never, truly, be the same. Oscar Wilde, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, demonstrates the characteristics of aestheticism through Lord Henry Wotton, and the characteristics of creativity through Basil Hallward in order to highlight what happens when both art and beauty collide. Although Oscar Wilde does center his story on Dorian Gray and his painting, Basil and Lord Henry’s relationship to beauty and art is embodied by Dorian’s internal struggle in choosing between art and beauty; choosing between right and wrong. Interestingly enough, The Picture of Dorian Gray begins with an interaction between Basil and Lord Henry. In fact, Dorian doesn’t even appear in the story until the second chapter. This is important to notice because, during their interaction, Lord Henry and Basil are discussing

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