What would you give to remain beautiful forever? One cannot help but ask that question whenever The Picture of Dorian Gray comes into mind. First published in July of 1890. The book has offended moral sensitivities from the very beginning. It was the only novel published by Oscar Wilde, an Irish poet, and playwright. The book was deeply philosophical, with allusions to themes of aestheticism and morality.
A no stranger to scandals, Oscar Wilde bravely tackles topics that are way ahead of its time. It contains topics deemed to be offensive for its time. But has been able to unsettle and captivate the next generation of readers. And there is no denying that exceptional books are those that challenge one’s view of the world.
A tale of beauty and duplicity, that is what’s best to describe Oscar Wilde’s Faustian masterpiece. The story revolves around a handsome Dorian Gray, who desired for his beauty to never fade. With his wish granted, he embarks on a decadent journey towards self-indulgence. And ultimately, to his path to absolution.
Are the things we covet, worthy of abandoning our values? One cannot help but reflect at such questions as we traverse the path of our calling. For Dorian, it was beauty and self-indulgence and for us, it might something else. It might one’s search for wealth, fortune, or perhaps the affection of a woman. Regardless of our reasons, where to do we draw the line in our pursuits?
We get easily caught up in our pursuit of whatever that made sense to us. We give our best, for better or worse because that is what we do. As men, we pour our hearts out not to in words but within actions. The book poses the question of how much of ourselves are we willing to lose in achieving what we believed in. Much can be learned from this book for its views on aesthetics and morality. It has the right amount of flair and flamboyance expected from non-other than Oscar Wilde. It was dazzling, breathtaking, exquisite, and I recommend it with the highest regard.
Despite the scandals, there is no denying that The Picture of Dorian Gray is deserving of its acclaim. It is critical and very thought-provoking, worthy of its place in our consciousness. With that said, let me ask you this; How much does your soul worth for?
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