The Picture of Dorian Gray


“Yes, there was to be, as Lord Henry had prophesied, a new Hedonism that was to recreate life, and to save from that harsh, uncomely Puritanism that is having, in our own day, its curious revival.”
According to me wrong influence can have a great impact on an individual’s life. Here I am referring to influence of Lord Henry’s philosophy of hedonism on Dorian. After Sibyl Vane’s death Dorian had an emotional breakdown, he was desperately looking for something to hold on. Lord Henry saw this as a perfect moment to persuade Dorian. Because of emotional instability and guilt he was easily infested by Lord Henry’s immoral philosophy of being a spectator of life in order to escape its sufferings. By choosing Lord Henry’s path, Dorian tried to prove to himself that the previous mistake was not a mistake. Analogously speaking, lying to hide a lie, lying again to hide the previous lie and so on. This chain of choices took him away from innocence and righteousness. Dorian’s motive behind his choices was to kill the past. Later when Dorian realized that he had been doing wrong he decided to be the person Basil wanted him to be-innocent and pure. But he found even worse changes in his portrait. Dorian understood that this was yet another attempt to erase his past resulting from vanity and hypocrisy. Consequently Dorian realized that Lord Henry’s corrupt ideologies lead him into a horrifying never-ending fall into sin.


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