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Essay sample - Dorian Gray
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Who is responsible for the death of Dorian Gray The Picture Basil Hallward, the artist Lord Henry Wotton The 'yellow book' Dorian's creator, Wilde Wilde's Creator Victorian society, with its hypocrisy, and love of form and manner This paper argues that Gray himself is almost entirely to blame, although one might also point an accusing finger at the cruel grandfather who had brought him up.
The warning has its effect, and he resolves to beg Sibyl to pardon his outburst and to marry him. True, the warning comes too late to make Sibyl any happier, but Dorian takes his first step down to the abyss of his doom when he shows no real sorrow at her fate and goes to enjoy himself at the opera with Harry Wotton. The Picture is a mere reflection of his inner nature-its effect on him should have been positive, but Dorian chose to ignore its message.
The artist Basil Hallward might have been inclined to blame himself, at least in part, for Dorian's disaster, but it is actually Basil who tries the hardest to preserve Dorian's 'purity.' The question is whether Dorian was ever pure. When he senses that Basil was not too keen on his becoming intimate with Lord Wotton, Dorian perversely pushes for Wotton to stay longer at their first meeting. Anyway, Harry Wotton had privately determined to stay, and to become intimate enough with Dorian to 'influence' him. Basil's death was occasioned by his own attempts to bring Dorian back to the straight path. Dorian not only does not follow his advice, he mouths Wotton's words only to irritate Basil. ...
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