Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Would become my mottos to believe in. Having worked as the Managing Editor for a weekly newspaper then as the Director of a non-profit for people with disabilities, I have gone back to school. It's by Oscar Wilde for fuck's sake. He was very young when this story began, seemingly full of potential.
Ambas características, lo ominoso del cuadro y las dobles interpretaciones se relacionan con Dorian Gray. I really did enjoy it. For those who have no idea what The Picture of Dorian Gray is about I shall endeavour to describe. So what do you do? Lord Henry seemed like a good mentor. Seriously, in a 230-page novel, the portrait doesn't even start to change until 100 pages in. In black, fantastic shapes, dumb shadows crawl into the corners of the room, and crouch there.
I have trouble believing that. I felt several things as I read this book: interest, curiosity, disgust, sadness, and ultimately, a sense that justice had been done, in a very strange, but fitting way. In Dorian Gray, some of its aspects are very easy to grasp and do not need great explanations. Then there's the necessarily undeclared but pretty open gayness. This was a novel I couldn't dismiss and treat as mere brain candy. Dorian Gray was a man of such unearthly beauty that people could not believe he was capable of the debauchery he had committed.
I know that reading is a problem for many students today. His writing is always clear and to the point. It has been said that the great events of the world take place in the brain. But bad companions encourage the worst in him, and in a reckless moment, Dorian makes an impossible wish - to stay young forever, as unchanging as the wonderful portrait that has just been painted of him. Dorian Gray took this as gospel, and took it to the next level. He took no part in their ruination.
We aren't told how Dorian managed to reach young adulthood and remain largely naive of his own good looks, the lure of drugs, the joy of fast women, etc. In his Dorian Gray, Wilde does away with the creator once he has achieved the ideal. ولكن الناس هذه الأيام يخافون من أنفسهم، وينسون أن واجب الإنسان الأول هو واجبه نحو نفسه. But in his pen, it becomes a devilish dance, and, as in Balzac, it also proves to be fatal. Wilde liked to shock but he himself was bewildered by Huysmans , published about six years before his own work, in 1884.
I do honestly think that the sensibilities of those who lived during the Victorian times was rather conservative or far too reserved, that the editors of Wilde's novel decided that it was absolutely necessary to remove the sensual, homoerotic parts to fit the publication's voice, tone, and format as well as to sensationalise things. How do you retain your singular quality? I am going to include two more quotes from the book that truly fucked me up. The witty Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian's soon to be best friend seems amused, a shy artist! By some unknown curse his image begins to grow old but he physically stays as young as ever. و بصماته التي يتركها حول العيون المبتسمة دوما. I'm all for relentless gore and I generally root for the bad guy, but there is a panel in which a man hangs himself simply because he once associated with Dorian Gray, and it caught me off guard. Dorian Gray himself is incredibly intriguing, at the beginning he is presented as the perfect specimen, and he is vain, but this vanity is only worsened following conversations with Lord Henry wherein he reminds Dorian that his favourable characteristics won't last forever.
Dorian's wish is fulfilled, plunging him into debauched acts. After page 30 you are thinking that if Lord Henry makes just one more crack you're going to knock his monocle off his family crest and grind it underfoot. Or if you think the book is immoral, it is because it shows you your own shame. I didn't think it would be so dark, so I was pleasantly surprised. Left brain and in a draconian way.
But I feel like The Picture of Dorian Gray was the perfect start. Dorian truly represents the ugliest that humanity has to offer, and I am happy that he pays for his sins in a fairly poetic nature. . Perhaps I'll search other editions for a good compromise between the two extremes. Except, of course, in the Church.