A Picture Of Dorian Gray: Basil's Life Changes As Related To Wilde's Opinion On Art


A Picture of Dorian Gray: Basil's Life Changes As Related To Wilde's Opinion
Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray, makes Basil's
life change drastically by having him paint a portrait of Dorian Gray and
express too much of himself in it, which, in Wilde's mind, is a troublesome
obstacle to circumvent. Wilde believes that the artist should not portray
any of himself in his work, so when Basil does this, it is he who creates
his own downfall, not Dorian.

Wilde introduces Basil to Dorian when Basil begins to notice
Dorian staring at him at a party. Basil "suddenly became conscious that
someone was looking at [him]. [He] turned halfway around and saw Dorian
Gray for ...

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end up hating each other, they do enjoy meeting each other for the
first time. Basil finds something different about Dorian. He sees him in
a different way than he sees other men. Dorian is not only beautiful to
Basil, but he is also gentle and kind. This is when Basil falls in love
with him and begins to paint the picture.

Basil begins painting the picture, but does not tell anyone about
it, including Dorian, because he knows that there is too much of himself in
it. Lord Henry discovers the painting and asks Basil why he will not
display it. Lord Henry thinks that it is so beautiful it should be
displayed in a museum. Basil argues that the reason he will not display
the painting is because he is "afraid that [he] has shown in it the secret
of his soul" (Wilde 23). This is another paradox because he has not only
shown the secret of his soul, but the painting eventually comes to show the
secret of Dorian's soul also. In the preface to The Picture of Dorian ...

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