Analysis of Dorian Grey

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Reasonable Eccentric Behavior of Dorian Gray . In the book, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian Gray is a handsome and proper man, but on the inside he is full of madness, guilt and misery. Initially he’s a melodramatic and petulant young man , but after realizing his true morals –his life skews toward the futile side. Instead of fixing his life, he lives for the pursuit of pleasure which makes him indifferent. Although his actions are very insane, they can be seen as rational to reader considering hedonism. Devotion to pleasure, hedonism, makes Dorian be deceitful about his true self by deflecting the attention of the public from the mad man to the beautiful and intelligent gentlemen. Dorian is, young, sensitive, and emotional, meaning that he is susceptible to manipulation. Lord Henry takes advantage of that opportunity and gives Dorian the yellow book; this book opens up the world of hedonism and aestheticism which eventually turns his young life into an eternal oblivion of misery. Dorian develops a fear of aging so he tries to live his life as if it was his last day on earth. He gets carried away and practically addicts to pleasure; his unconventional actions result in him feeling guilty and miserably. The attempts to fix his mistakes prove to make the situation even worse. It isn’t Dorian’s fault that he turns out the way he does –a pleasure seeking and self-conscious maniac, in turn showing the readers that his actions are practical. Basil, a painter, paints a portrait of Dorian which changes for the worse every time Dorian does something selfish. The painting drives him mad because it is a daily reminder of the horrible things that he commits. Basil’s creation makes Dorian live a life of evil and despair, so he blames Basil for ruining his life and causing him mental pain. Eventually he tries to relieve himself of this curse and kills Basil instead of
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