In the passage, an extended metaphor is used symbolically comparing Lord Henry to a bee and Dorian Gray to a flower. Directly off the bat, at the beginning of the passage, Dorian is characterized as being curious, innocent and naïve through the diction of the words “open-eyed” and “wondering” when it is said that he “…listened, open-eyed and wondering,” since those are the types of words used when describing a child hearing the end to a new story or uncovering the truth behind a mystery (page 23). The diction of “scramble” also calls attention to the bee since it has a connotation of haste, personifying the bee as being in a rush. This is significant because the personification connects Lord Henry to the bee since they are both in a rush; the bee to get the nectar from the flower and Lord Henry to take control of Dorian Gray before Dorian’s beauty disappears.
The symbolism of Lord Henry as the bee and Dorian Gray as the flower begin to push towards the idea that Lord Henry is the victimizer and Dorian Gray is the victim. This is displayed in the passage when it is said “…The flower seemed to quiver,” which is something that a human