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The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde and a Selection of Sherlock Holmes Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

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In this essay the representation of the town will be explored in the writing style of the Fin de siècle. This essay will investigate The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde along with a Range of Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Both novels represent the city otherwise in certain aspects, and others, share similarities. Point one: dirty Dorian Gray is set from the late 19th century, at the middle of the decadent artistic motion, meaning Dorian would have been a fictitious modern of Wilde. Although the Victorian period was plagued with conservative perspectives, Wilde has utilized Dorian to express that the dual criteria those of this town's elite indulge. Dorian sees between both ends of the social scales. But despite Dorian disapproving/disgusted he still visits the 'narrow and gloomy'(Wilde,182) roads of the east end. Since Richard Elman agrees 'between both of these worlds, no decent or comfy middle classes, no family life, no dormitory sections in wildes eyesight of the big city'(p51). Dorian seems ignorant to the plight of people around him less fortunate. He uses this depressing environment as escapism, despite being unavoidable to the bad men and women that reside in the field whom opium dens, prostitution and filth are a reality. (Elman,154) P2-Sherlock Holmes-copper beeches) An alternative view of having the ability to disguise is that it is not easy to realise that Holmes is among these disguised individuals too. Holmes is a sane guy in his work, but outside of that he is a drug addict, who 'shops his tobacco in eccentric places like the toe of a Persian slipper' (19th Century suspense, 93). In a town of tens of thousands, Sherlock can easily flit in and out of society. Holmes is aware that enormous amounts of offense happens everywh...

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