Themes in The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Themes in The Picture of Dorian Gray
1 Art and aesthetics
1.1 A binary to religion in Dracula
1.2 Art is an expression of everything and the painting illustrates that point
1.3 "The painted scenes were my world. I knew nothing but shadows and thought them real"
1.3.1 Plato's analogy of the cave
1.4 "the whole thing simply appeals to our sense of dramatic effect" 85
1.5 "He is all my art to me"
2 Youth and beauty
2.1 It's superiority but its mortal fate
2.2 "time is jealous of you, and warns against your lilies and your roses" 23
2.3 "It has its divine right of sovereignty" 22
2.4 "ugliness is one of the seven deadly virtues"
3 Influence and manipulation
3.1 Like Dracula, it's presented as a bad thing and also how it changes someone.
3.1.1 Whilst Dracula's victims became vampires, LH's become LH
3.2 "Because to influence a person is to give them one's own soul"
3.3 "it was a poisonous book" 104
3.4 "Don't spoil him" 16
4 Good vs Evil
4.1 Superego=Basil/Id=LH
4.2 Also an internal battle in DG - psycomachia
4.3 "Each of us have heaven and hell in him"
4.4 "Let it be for good, not for evil
5 Morality and sin
5.1 "To cure the soul by means of the senses"
5.2 Questions the reality of morals and the ugliness of sin though the painting
5.3 "sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face"
5.4 "the terror of society, which is the basis of morals" 19
6 Romanticism vs reality
6.1 "His beauty had been to him but a mask, his youth but a mockery"
6.2 the "dislike of Realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass...the dislike of Romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass"
6.3 "I want to make Romeo jealous"
7 Women and men
7.1 Behaviour highlights the paradox of men's behavior
7.1.1 "Her [Gladys] clever tongue gets on one's nerves"
7.2 "She is very clever, too clever for a woman." 151
7.3 "decorative sex"
7.4 "the husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes" 148
8 Redemption
8.1 "The prayer of your pride has been answered. The prayer of your repentance will be answered also" 132
8.2 "Down on your knees!" 158
8.2.1 execution or prayer?
9 The Double
9.1 The painting and Dorian are the double - at first positive and enlightening but then powerful and evil
9.2 "the most magical of mirrors. As it had revealed to him his own body, so it would reveal to him his own soul"
9.2.1 hidden in the schoolroom
9.3 "it had been suggested to him by the image on the canvas" 132
10 The guilty conscience
10.1 "It was the living death of his own soul that troubled him" 182
10.1.1 Compare oxymoron to Drac's "un-dead"
10.2 The journey to the Opium Den
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