February 26, 2017

Homework Help: English

Posted by Henry1 on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 5:32am.

Thank you very much. In point 1 I need to formulate my question better. As for the other points I'd like you to revise the language, especially in point 4.

1) Why is Wilde's "The picture of Dorian Gray profoundly allegorical? What does the picture symbolize and what is the moral of the novel?
2) The story can be intepreted as a 19-th century version of the myth of Faust, who sells (or sold?) his soul to the devil in exchange for absolute knowledge.
3) This soul becomes the picture (better: can be compared tothe picture), which records the signs of time, the corruption and the sins hidden behind Dorian's eternal beauty.
4) Wilde plays on the Renaissance correspondence existing between the physical an spiritual realms: beautiful people are moral people; ugly people are immoral people.
5)His variation on this theme is in his use of the magical portrait.
The picture is not an autonomous self: it stands for the dark side of Dorian's personality, his double, which he tries to forget by locking it in(to) a room.

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