Category Oscar Wilde

Picture of Dorian Gray: Chapters 11-20

In class, we discussed how the novel and its characters reflect many of Wilde’s personal views on art and life. Specifically, we pointed out how Lord Henry embodies much of Wilde’s philosophy; indeed, Wilde seems to use Lord Henry as a proxy to relate his own views to readers. The early chapters of the book […]

Dorian Gray: Part Deux

Sarah stole my idea of comparing Dorian’s use of opium to Sherlock Holmes’s drug dependency. I agree that we see in both an attempt to escape from the real world in favor of a more exciting, lively life — in both cases, one with elements of danger and mystery. Much like Irene Adler in the […]

Fancy a Literary Tryst? The Sordid Tale of Yellow Back Books

Yellow back (also known as “yellow books”) books are of particular interest to me, mainly because my thesis research requires reading several of them. Yellow back books get their name for obvious reasons – their covers were yellow-colored because they were cheaply made during the nineteenth century. Meant as rivals to the penny-dreadful, they were […]

The Picture of Dorian G(r)ay: Chapters 11-20

At the end of the novel, the reader is left with many questions. The most difficult issue for me is the notion that the picture itself has, up to this point, absorbed Dorian’s behavior, and the ugliness of his soul has manifested itself in the art (representation). However, at the end of the novel, Dorian […]

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Ch 11-20

In this half of the novel, we see Dorian fall even further from grace into a life filled with promiscuity, secrets, rumors, drugs, and other scandalous affairs. Dorian, though, sees it as beauty because Lord Henry convinced him that this way of life was beautiful and the yellow book further corrupted him into making choices […]

Dorian Gray: Art & Morality

Today in class, there was a discussion about how Wilde saw his life as art and believed everyone should view their lives in this way, a belief that of course manifests in his novel. Wilde uses Dorian’s portrait as a way to introduce ‘art as life’ and the amorality of the concept while Lord Henry […]

The Picture of Dorian Gray (11-End)

Dorian becomes this piece of art that is not just Basil’s to paint, but Henry’s to mold and sculpt as well. Henry teaches Dorian the way of life… The art of living… Living through art! In the preface, Wilde says “To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim” and though it is evident […]