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As part of British Literature class, all students had to read Wilde’s book during the summer session. I had essentially developed a negative attitude towards the book after reading the preface, which criticizes the book as being immoral. The preface also concisely sets forth the beliefs of Wilde’s philosophy of art, which is devoted to the aestheticism school of thought. However, I had to read the book because it as recommended by the school for the summer holiday. The book was meant to make use learn a life lesson; it was also an assignment from school because despite bringing out the character of Dorian the book was meant to help use in English learning as it portrayed, different themes and styles of writing.
The book is based on Dorian Gray, who, is the subject of a lengthy portrait by Basil Hallward. Basil Hallward is impressed and infatuated with the beauty of Dorian that he thinks that he is accountable for the new mode in his art as a painter. After meeting Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian is enthralled by the noble debauched worldview, where he thinks that sensual fulfillment and beauty are the only things that a person should pursue in life. Because Dorian knows, that beauty will fade with time he resolves to sell his soul to ensure that only his picture will age and not him. Basil grants Dorian his wish, and he pursues all the worldly pleasure by doing different immoral things. He does not age even a single day, but his portrait records all his soul-corrupting sin.
In the first instance, when he decides to go and view his picture he finds that the picture bears a subtle smirk of cruelty. The smirk of cruelty appears in the picture after his heartbreaks Sibyl a girl she falls in love with after she sees her perform in the theatre. Dorian pursues his worldly pleasures, but realizes that they are not doing him any good and goes to reconcile
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