Sin in Dorian Gray

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'Each man sees his own sin in Dorian Gray. What Dorian Gray's sins are, no one knows. He who finds them has brought them.' Explore Wilde's presentation of sin in light of this comment. Introduction: Post the Lippincott version - Wilde tried to defend novel with preface of English version. Supports the comment made as in the preface, Wilde directly states that "Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming" Victorian society is very hypocritical and felt that Dorian was a presentation of Wilde; they thought he was corrupt and he was facing trials. Paragraph - Dorian: Sells soul metaphorically upon seeing painting, realising his own beauty and Lord Henry's influence - "I would give my soul for that" Shows that Lord Henry's influence has made Dorian worship aesthetic items. "Then had come Lord Henry Wotton with his strange panegyric on youth, his terrible warning of its brevity". Dorian is no longer attracted by inner beauty but instead is excited and intrigued by exterior forms. This selling of the soul leads to Dorian's other sins "Each of us has heaven and hell in him, Basil" relates to the fact everyone commits sins and can relate to Dorian in that right. Paragraph - Basil: Homosexuality - both Basil and Dorian seem to be attracted to each other homosexually: I was dominated, soul, brain, and power, by you. I grew jealous of everyone to whom you spoke. I wanted to have you all to myself. Seen as a sin by people in Victorian society this is why they condemned Wilde. Nevertheless, this may not be homosexuality and just may be his dedication towards his friend. Also, Dorian was going to marry Sibyl and there have been suggestions that he has had sexual relationships with other women. Murder - Lord Henry's influence. Basil realises that Lord Henry may have an unwanted effect in Dorian's life "Dorian Gray is my
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