Dorian Gray-Art and beauty


The first part of the novel talks about art and its beauty. It discusses how beautiful art is and how cultivated the people that appreciate and can see the beauty are. My favorite quote was “It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.” I think like this quote because it’s true to Dorian. I think he became conceded when he saw the first view of his beautiful painting with some influence from Lord Henry. I think that the art really mirrors the spectator and not real life. It is really about what the spectator wants to see when they look at the painting and how they base their lives from it. This is also where I got my first realization of the homosexual tenancies in the novel. The first quote for me was “When I like people immensely I never tell their names to any one. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy”, this quote show’s Basil’s secretive personality and gay tenancies.


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