The Picture of Dorian Grey

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  • Topic: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, Dorian Gray syndrome
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Every person contains a little ambiguity in their life. Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde however lives a life full of ambiguity; which other characters in the novel do not realize. It all starts when he notices a change of appearance in his portrait, and from there on out he only becomes worse. As he ages and sins his portrait begins to appear older and evil while Dorian himself keeps the same youthful and innocent face as before. While the portrait reflects Dorian’s true self, it does not necessarily mean he has no innocence left in him. By the end of the book Dorian expresses a desire to get rid of all the bad in his life, which he attempts to do. Dorian’s corrupted soul might still contain a slight amount of good left in it; but for the most part Dorian Gray turns evil. Dorian Gray holds a secret about his soul that nobody else knows causing him to live a double life. Dorian Gray appears young and innocent yet he commits terrible acts of evil demonstrating his ambiguity. Dorian’s portrait holds the secret of his corrupted soul causing him to live two lives revealing Dorian Gray as an ambiguous character in the novel.

Dorian Gray first reveals his ambiguity after his engagement to Sybil Vane. During his engagement Dorian conveys his sweet and innocent side. He acts happy and content because he found somebody whom he loved. One day Dorian Gray, Lord Henry, and Basil Hallward go to the theater together, and Sybil acts horridly and dreadfully. Lord Henry and Basil leave early, but Dorian stays for the whole show. After the show when he goes backstage to see Sybil, suddenly a different side of him comes out that the audience has not yet seen. He acts cold hearted and rude to Sybil when he tells her that he no longer loves her after sitting through what he just watched. Once he comes home and finds his portrait altered, his other side comes back out feeling guilty about what he has just done, portraying his ambiguity. After a visit from...
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