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Essay on The Picture of Dorian Grey, by Oscar Wilde

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Is it worth maintaining an ornately cosmetic life? Is it wiser to seek a moral lifestyle after society's ethical standards? With ideal looks and shallow beauty, a decorated lifestyle can seem easier and more lavish than a life. Leading a moral life isn't too appealing to most people; and can be full of hardships and trouble over "doing the proper thing". 1 quality can't be held without sacrificing the other, because of their conflicting natures. While the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray brings out the central question "Can it be better to pursue Aesthetics or Morality?" It clarifies the life of Dorian Gray, who always sought to keep his appearance at the cost of his morals, also answers the question by revealing the consequences of residing Mr. Gray's "beautiful" lifestyle. In the publication, Oscar Wilde depicts the explosion of aesthetic doctrine in higher English culture during the 19th century and showed that the ideas not only reached out and influenced art and artists of the moment, but also affected the lives of several wealthier English citizens. Aestheticism urged whatever could give the maximum happiness, beauty, and luxury in somebody's lifetime, normally through the custom of Hedonism, or pleasure-seeking self-indulgence. To the aesthetic English citizen, the perfect lifestyle is egotistical, beautiful, and is only concerned with the individual living it. Lord Henry Wotton, a principal character in the book, is a guy with "wrong, fascinating, poisonous, delightful theories" (Wilde 87). Although Lord Henry asserts that he himself is a hedonist, he lives a rather dull life in the narrative. He's active in civil society and attends parties, salons, and the theater/opera, however he does not indulge in any non or distastef...

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