The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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The Vanity of Man Vanity and undeniable ego are characteristics of self-destructive properties. In the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde shows how these can lead to a man’s downfall. He displays this through the character of Dorian Gray. The novel explains how as Dorian grows up and through his life, he is ultimately destroyed by his own ego, vanity and inability to change or realize how what he does affects not only him but the lives of those around him. Dorian Gray struggles throughout the novel with the daunting facts that he is Vane, has an enormous ego and cannot realize the full extent of his own actions Dorian expresses his undeniable vanity all the while inflating his ego. His ego is expressed when he views the picture of himself that Basil has pained of him and he believes that it has undeniable beauty that he enjoys. When he sees it he says that he would give everything if it were him “who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old!” (Wilde 19). The making of this wish is because Dorian loves himself and his looks more than anything and doesn’t was his physique to be tarnished with age and the problems that come with it. This wish is what results in the problems that he himself has to endure throughout the novel. The wish in the end hurts him more than hurts him. Dorian similarly has a very big ego relating to his social standing in the community he is a part of. When he almost got blackballed at the West End club he believes that

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