Change the Picture of Dorian Gray, Echo and Narcissus and the Rabbits

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Change is an inevitable process which occurs in nature. Certain personal traits and attributes maybe needed to overcome the challenges and obstacles that change may present. Embracing the process of change with naivety and innocence may lead to manipulative forces to take advantage of our weaknesses for their own need for power. The impact of change can be a rewarding experience where inner growth and wisdom can occur but it can also have a negative impact on one’s lie by having a destructive effect the relationship with others. I have come to understand that when change is forced upon, it may be detrimental’ leading to conflict and struggle to remain true to ourselves. This is seen the texts studied thus far. In ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde, ‘Echo and Narcissus’ by Ovid and ‘The Rabbits’ by Shaun Tan characters are challenged by forceful influences or lack self-awareness which leads them to a unfortunate pathway to self-destruction. Resisting the nature the change can have a detrimental effect to our journey to personal growth. Other may take advantage of one’s naivety and innocence and take the opportunity to negatively influence them for their own satisfaction. Through Dorian Gray’s relationship with Lord Henry (Harry); he is manipulated into adopting a Hedonistic view of life. Lord Henry seizes the opportunity to lure Dorian into his dark and vain views of relationships. Harry shares his values with Dorian in the opening chapters “The aim of life is self-development. The duty one owes to one self.” The use of repetition of ‘one’ in the quote highlights Harry’s egocentric nature and individual mentality of self-pleasing. This very attitude that Lord Henry conveys is the catalyst for Dorian’s descent into immorality. Dorian’s relationship with his love interest, Sybil Vane, is a clear representation of his decline into moral corruption. As an

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