About the Author : Oscar Wilde, in full Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, (born October 16, 1854, Dublin, Ireland—died November 30, 1900, Paris, France), Irish wit, poet, and dramatist whose reputation rests on his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and on his comic masterpieces Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). He was a spokesman for the late 19th-century Aesthetic movement in England, which advocated art for art’s sake, and he was the object of celebrated civil and criminal suits involving homosexuality and ending in his imprisonment (1895–97).
After attending Portora Royal School, Enniskillen (1864–71), Wilde went, on successive scholarships, to Trinity College, Dublin (1871–74), and Magdalen College, Oxford (1874–78), which awarded him a degree with honours. During these four years, he distinguished himself not only as a Classical scholar, a poseur, and a wit but also as a poet by winning the coveted Newdigate Prize in 1878 with a long poem, Ravenna. He was deeply impressed by the teachings of the English writers John Ruskin and Walter Pater on the central importance of art in life and particularly by the latter’s stress on the aesthetic intensity by which life should be lived.
About My Thoughts : Whenever I went to Crossward to buy a new book, I use to come across the Dorian Gray novel in the classic section, but I use to more focus on buying new books. But finally I gave a thought to read about Dorian Gray. Dorian Gray a character that I use to come across in the Tv series(Penny Dreadful) and movies(A League of Extraordinary Gentlemens), but I always failed to understand Dorian Gray.
What was Dorain Gray?
A person who couldn’t age, strong, rude and unbelievably beautiful. Yeah!!! you are right he is extremely beautiful guy. His beauty seems so innocent as a blooming flower, but yet his nature is as monstrous like a dangerous beast. When you look at him, his charm is so dazzelling, you couldnt resist him if you even wanted too. But still he is dangerous.
Why was he dangerous?
I couldn’t resist reading about Dorian Gray. When you read the story of Dorian Gray, you find him very slow, sweet, innocent as a child and silly (silly as a small child who is curious about everything). He charm and beauty is so enjoyable, enthusizatic, lovable everyone meeting him falls for his beauty hopelessly. The same way how Lord Basil Hallward falled in love with Dorian, when he first layed his eye on him. Yeah love doesn’t have limits, love is just love, not matter whom is it for. Dorian became an inspiration for Basil Hallward work. He couldnt resist paint his portrait that became his lifes best work.
When everyone loved Dorian, the sweet, innocent Dorian, then what corrupted him, what or who corrupted or destory the mind and soul of Dorian Gray?
Lets talk about Lord Henry Wotton. A strong character who is very rude, arrogant, stubborn rich guy who is very blunt about his thoughts and always specks whats in his mind without considering the sentiments of others. For him women are just a mere product of Man’s pleasure and or an object to fulfill household duties and nothing else.
Influence plays a very vital role in our life. A great influence can make our life successful and a bad influence and destroy us completely. The same thing happen with Dorian Gray. Youth are more pron to such influencing people. They believe in everything these people say and do. Wrong influence can lead to many dangerous paths. Young people cannot understand the consequences of these paths. You start loosing the people who really cares about you. They start getting involve with wrong people and get into bad habits. In process they loose what they actual are. Youths are easy targets for these people. This what happened with Dorian Gray. He wouldn’t resists the preaching of Lord Henry. Dorian ignores the warning from Basil and even love and care of Basil didn’t matter to Dorian anymore.
Recommend Reading : The Mountain Shadow
My Suggestion : Please keep this novel in your wishlist.