The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Art. It’s Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art can be so beautiful or so hideous. So monotonous or poignant. So imaginative or cliched. So???right or wrong? Art really has no moral, does it? Although the book, The Picture of Dorian Gray has no ethical stance, it was not Oscar Wilde’s intention to have a moral. It was to show the splendor of art for art’s sake.Through out the paperback of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, wildly shows his beliefs in art for art’s sake (Cauti XIV). This novel shows and follows the guidelines of, do whatever you want, whenever you want and don’t worry about the consequences. In other words if you are feeling down, or depressed, go out and get your fix of whatever you need to make life that much better for you (Beckson 72-73). In this work of fiction, the is indeed a painting of a young male by the name of Dorain Gray. Hence the name of the book, The Picture of Dorian Gray. The picture seems to give this stunning gentleman a gift of youth. Mr. Gray uses this to his advantage of course. He heals his spirit by doing anything he pleases, honest or depraved. Take for example, the death of Basil. His death was neither an accident or an act of the great one from above. It was from a deep stab wound in the back of Basil’s head just behind his ear, and repeatedly stabs poor defenseless Basil. This was all caused by the so called, “perfect man” with a eerie name of Dorian Gray (Wilde 163). Absolutely unjust and uncalled for by any moral on the face of the earth. Unless of course you live by the standards of art for art’s sake.Carrying on now, a certain individual by the name of Samuel Henry Jeyes wrote a letter to the horrible author of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, about the method Wilde uses of art for art’s sake. The letter said very negative things toward the book and about how the story hints at nasty sins and horrible crimes. Wilde responded to the attacks on his work quite angrily.