The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Influence in the dictionary is defined as having power over a person, the ability to sway a person’s thoughts, and falling under someone’s influence is unavoidable when a person does not establish a sense of identity. The definition of influence in “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is, “there is no such thing as a good influence...because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul…he becomes an echo of someone else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him” (Wilde 18). “In The Picture of Dorian Gray”, Dorian’s portrait alters as Dorian himself alters his personality which exemplifies more of an influential transformation compared to Jekyll’s addiction to becoming Hyde in “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. Lord Henry, in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" points out that there is "something terribly enthralling in the exercise of influence” (33).
Dr. Jekyll has intense desires to do evil things, but due to his social status, he chooses to separate his desires into a different being. He wants the freedom to pursue those desires, and to be free from his society’s high standards. London was divided during the Victorian era, mixing the upper class with the lower class. In the lower class of London, they had opium dens, brothels, and bars; something about that life was attractive to Jekyll, he wanted to experience it for himself. He was fascinated by that life, believing that it was freeing. In “the Anatomy of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” Irving S.
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