Book Analysis: The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Pages: 2 (407 words) Published: January 21, 2013
Literature intensive-Epsilon
Seo-Ei-kyoung
In the book “the picture of Dorian grey, Dorian is influenced by Lord Henry and becomes ruined. Then Dorian influences numerous people and makes them ruined as well. Whether the responsibility lies to those who affect others or those who is affected is not easy to determine. However, the one who is affected has more responsibility for their corruptness.

It is one’s own job to decide their behavior. Even though, people are surrounded by friends who give negative effects, they should decide whether to follow them or to go to the right path. For example, Dorian grey knew Lord Henry was giving him bad influence. However, he followed and listened to Lord Henry as he wanted a life filled with pleasure and happiness. Dorian had the ability to distinguish what is right and wrong so he could not have been affected by Lord Henry like Basil if he had the will to go to the right way. It is Lord Henry who gave bad influence but it was Dorian Gray who decided to stay and listen to the bad influences as seen in the phrase “For years, Dorian Gray could not free himself from the influence of this book (given by Lord Henry). Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that he never sought to free himself from it.” Therefore, Dorian gray is responsible for ruining his own life by choosing to follow bad examples.

For those who ruined other’s lives, their influence is just a personality to them. In “The portrait of Dorian Gray”, being cynical and having an immoral view of life is just a personality and way of speech to Lord Henry. Lord Henry had no fault but showing his personality to Dorian Gray. As Dorian said, “Each of us has heaven and hell in him” everyone has a bad and good side and it is not crime to show the bad part to others. It was the influenced people who chose to follow that personality. Therefore, Lord Henry and Dorian Gray aren’t responsible for ruining other’s life.

One should have the discernment to judge right...
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