Some concessions must be made for the absolute aesthete, then, for such transcendence occur. In the novel, Lord Henry Wotton trumpets the aesthetic philosophy with an elegance and bravado that persuade Dorian to trust in the principles he espouses; the reader is often similarly captivated. After all, he does lead kind of a charmed life for almost twenty years. Aestheticism does well to condemn the renunciation of desires, but it is an excessive obedience to these desires that is subversively dangerous. The Lancet Medical Journal, published in 1887 estimates that there were about 80,000 prostitutes in London alone, which was about 3% of the London population. Gray kills Hallward so that his secret will remain safe.
The novel explains how as Dorian grows up and through his life, he is ultimately destroyed by his own ego, vanity and inability to change or realize how what he does affects not only him but the lives of those around him. She is the last young woman with whom Dorian is romantically linked. Perhaps, this is why so many Victorian era Gentlemen turned to drug abuse, and obescene sexual lives, in an era of stringent moral codes. Hetty Merton A beautiful young village girl who falls in love with Dorian and reminds him of Sybil Vane. Oscar Wilde, however, proposed that the principles of the Aesthetic Movement extend beyond the production of mere commodities. The portrait has become so hideous that Basil is only able to identify it as his work by the signature that he affixes to all his portraits. Duchess of Monmouth Gladys, a clever and pretty young aristocrat who nearly matches Lord Henry in conversational wit.
He spends his time among aristocrats whom he ridicules in such a witty fashion that he makes them like him. Experts consider it pathological whenever it negatively impacts behavior. He's playing upon the fact that most people, like him, tend to equate outer beauty with inner beauty, and as long as he can continue to fool them into thinking he's a saint, he can sin all he wants. When his friend Basil sees the hideous transformation of the portrait, he begs Dorian to pray for salvation. Her grandfather had a strong dislike for Kelso, and in turn, Margaret received the entire Selby property.
Homosexuality was especially rampant in the inteligentsia. . When the novel opens, he and his opposite in aestheticism are discussing the protagonist, Dorian Gray. Lord George Fermor Henry Wotton's uncle, an idle, impatient aristocrat. Dorian Gray At the opening of the novel, Dorian Gray exists as something of an ideal: he is the archetype of male youth and beauty. On entering the locked room, the servants find an unknown old man, stabbed in the heart, his face and figure withered and decrepit. Dorian deceives James into believing he is too young to have known Sibyl, who killed herself eighteen years earlier, as his face is still that of a young man.
All of this point to a promiscuous lifestyle in the so-called Gentlemen class. He appears only once in the novel, but stokes Dorian's growing paranoia by being puzzled when the protagonist adamantly refuses to uncover the painting for him to see it. During his early childhood his mother influenced him and into college some of his professors and certain philosophers left a substantial impression upon him. Most importantly, he's literally two things at once—he's himself, a living, breathing human being, and he's also the portrait, a visible reflection of the state of his crumbling soul. Here, he shows Basil Hallward the evidence of his bad deeds out of a desire to shock and hurt his mentor. The novel opens with him and the plot action sees a sharp downward turn when he is murdered.
After seeing a painting of himself, Dorian wishes for the painting to take the abuse of his lifestyle, so he can continue to live his life as he pleases. It is then that he recognizes that in order to repent, he has to confess publicly to his sins. He holds a morbid fascination with the portrait which grows older and uglier with each sin Dorian commits. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Admiring his own painted countenance, Gray silently makes a demonic pact.
Characteristics of Dorian Gray syndrome There are still no standardized characteristics for Dorian Gray syndrome. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. However, certain episodes describe in particular Dorian's encounter with and subsequent murder of James Vane. James then begins to stalk Dorian, causing him to fear for his life. Dorian immediately identifies his beauty as his only worthwhile quality.
He locks the portrait up, and over the following eighteen years, he experiments with every vice possible, influenced by a morally poisonous French novel that Lord Henry Wotton gave him. When he is under the influence of Basil Hallward at the beginning of the novel, he falls in love with Sibyl Vane and is willing to sacrifice all social standing for her. One could not escape from them. He is suspicious of his sister's lover from the start, and swears to hunt the man down if he causes her any harm. As such, he captures the imagination of Basil Hallward, a painter, and Lord Henry Wotton, a nobleman who imagines fashioning the impressionable Dorian into an unremitting pleasure-seeker.