Choosing a DISCUSSION / WRITING TOPIC that was provided to you regarding The Picture of Dorian Gray (a couple are listed below here too), and write a response below under comments. Be sure to specify which topic you are referring to and if you are responding to another student, please specify.
- Oscar Wilde alludes to the Faust legend, in which a man sells his soul to the devil in order to obtain what he desires, despite the fact that the devil does not actually appear in Wilde’s novel. In the various incarnations of the Faust story, that for which the protagonist sells his soul is indicative of the values of the age, or at least those of the author. For what is Dorian Gray willing to sell his soul? What does this tell you about the values of Oscar Wilde and his circle of friends, the so-called aesthetes? Describe those values using specific quotations from the novel.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray contains many epigrams, most of which are spoken by Lord Henry Wotton. Interestingly, a number of these epigrams reappear in the author’s best-known play, The Importance of Being Earnest, which was written four years later. Choose three epigrams and analyze their contexts in the novel and what is the significance of the epigrams you’ve chosen in regards to the novel as a whole?