The Picture of Dorian Gray

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THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY Also in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" there is a strong duality. Dorian attends the salons most fashionable during the day and looks like a good person, but during the night turns into another self, living a life of dishonesty between partying and sex. Dorian's behaviour is not the only time where there is a dualism, but there is also in the element of the portrait. Indeed, Dorian, who wishes to eternal youth and beauty, and through a pact with the devil is able to have it. The portrait, however, absorbs all the signs of aging, vices and misdeeds of which stain overnight. The portrait symbolizes immortality, while the beauty of Dorian and his apparent innocence are symbol of bourgeois hypocrisy who tended to hide all the facets of being. At the end of the novel Dorian stabs the portrait with a knife, killing himself, because he couldn't stand more of what had become, and the picture magically returns to its original purity and beauty. Four years later Oscar Wilde would explore the same theme in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”: Like Stevenson, Wilde suffers from his time’s conditions. In his novel, we can find the expression of extreme Decadentism, centred on the theme of the double, typical of the psychological horror stories. “The Dualism” The theme of the “dualism” spread between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. It was a time of new tendencies in which a great turning point took place and prepared us for what we now call the “modern novel”. Writers felt that the middle class values were losing ground and a sort of Anti-Victorianism spread. Many of these writers used the concept of the “Double” to express their dissatisfaction with conventional social attitudes, like Robert Louis Stevenson and Oscar Wilde. They were able to penetrate the essence of
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