The Picture Of Dorian Gray
The picture of Dorian Gray is a hymnal to morality. Far from being apologetic about this handsome and arrogant young Dorian, Wilde is tactful in making the difference between virtue and his appearance that is politeness. The body of Dorian Gray stays unchanged like preserved for eternity, while his virtue decays, along his encounters and adventures. Man is but in awkward condition by his mortal condition for him to remember that his deeds only are real, appearance is the varnish of an artwork. As the plot enfolds itself, Oscar Wilde contrasts distinction and elegance of his protagonists with the perversity of his eponym hero, to express the despair of the cultural elite .So if "the great men " of this world cannot attain the ideal of a virtuous life; it is due to man?s lack of the resources to do so. Temptation, love, jealousy, even beauty are enough obstacles obstructing the gate morality. The portrait of Dorian Gray ends on the justice of fatality, that is transcends him, that excludes him from any metaphysical reasoning and that leaves him with an ephemeral and proud puppet's role. At the end of the book, Dorian, is no more that elitist and absolute character, he was consumed by his mortal's business to attain joy.... but not happiness.