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Youth and Corruption Youth is also a significant element in the character development in the Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Dorian is a child and his activities don't have any negative impact upon his own being, unlike the rest of the world. After Dorian understands his actions don't have any impact upon his body and his spirit takes the brunt of his activities that he stops maturing and reverts out of a kind, compassionate, and caring person to some child caring only for his own wants and needs. With body and soul split from the portrait Dorian finds himself free to do as he pleases with no consequence. What drives Dorian towards a lifetime of sin? A very simple response is corruption, that is agreed upon by many however, the cause differs to Dorian it is art, to Henry it is the person itself, and to Basil believes it's youth. While there are lots of other possible sources these are the things which stand above the others BasilвЂ™s questioning of Dorian marrying a celebrity in the slums of London starts to show Basil evolving into a position of the super self he knows what is right yet is ruled by the devil on DorianвЂ™s Shoulder, Lord Henry. Both guys idolize childhood they make Dorian Gray to be the symbol of youthfulness. Basil is finally self-defeating if he presents the portrait Dorian Gray and he begins to idolize the lifestyle of Lord Henry. It's made clear to Dorian which it is Hippocratic to change your manners to appear pure after a lifetime immorality. ВЂњEven the cardinal virtues cannot atone for half-cold entrГ©es,вЂќ (Wilde). Even though he's cautioned of the risks of the lifestyle, Dorian follows in the ways of Lord Henry. A lifetime of hypocrisy is akin to this aristocratic life Dorian lives that he, вЂњcan showcase [his] moral views regarding [h.. .