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Reread An Extract From Chapter Sixteen, Which Begins, "A Cold Rain Began To Fall, And The Blurred Street-Lamp Looked Ghastly In The Dripping Mist" as Far As, "... Said Dorian, Turning On His Heel, And Going Slowly Down The Street." Discuss How Wilde Prese

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Reread An Extract From Chapter Sixteen, Which Begins, "A Cold Rain Began To Fall, And The Blurred Street-Lamp Looked Ghastly In The Dripping Mist" as Far As, "... Said Dorian, Turning On His Heel, And Going Slowly Down The Street." Discuss How Wilde Presents Dorian Gray In This Extract And At One Other Point In The Novel. Oscar Wilde wrote the novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray", in 1891. When first published in, "Lippincott's Monthly Magazine", it was criticised for being immoral and provoked a response in Britain. It follows the story of young, Dorian Gray, who undertakes a journey into darkness. In Chapter Sixteen, Dorian is travelling to an opium den, in which he further indulges in his sins. It is at this point in novel in which his past catches up with him, but being the devious character that he is, he manages to lie his way out of the perilous situation. In it the first time in this chapter in which Dorian is presented in an abnormal surrounding, one which is unlike any of the other exquisite environments in which he has been portrayed previously. This change in environment indicates to the reader that we will be seeing a different side to Dorian. ...read more.

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Now, he has realised that although he may not age physically, he will and has aged mentally. The short sharp sentence of, "Ugliness was the one reality", allows the reader and Dorian to realise that the acts that he committed in his life have encapsulated him as ugly; the one thing he sought to escape from. Also, Dorian is exposed as a person who is trying to escape his own reality. The opium den and all its squalor is a complete contrast from Dorian's indulgent lifestyle. By turning to the ugliness represented here, he wants to escape from his own reality and what he has become. Wilde here is depicting a character who despises himself, again showing the audience that he may be feeling some amount of remorse for his past actions while also mentally breaking down. Dorian is breaking down, not only mentally, but also physically. "From cell to cell of his brain crept the one though; and the wild desire to live...quickened into force each trembling nerve and fibre." Just as he was paranoid all the time about someone finding out about his pact, he is now paranoid with the death of Basil, "from time to time he seemed to see the eyes of Basil Hallward looking at him." ...read more.

Conclusion

He has failed at his last chance of redemption, lying to James and to add insult to injury, acting better than him. At this point, Wilde illustrates Dorian as a heartless character who has no shred of moral fibre in his body; his last chance at salvation has been shattered. Chapter sixteen initially presents Dorian as a confused character, however by the end, it is indicated to the reader that he has no chance of escaping his impending doom. As we progress into the climax of the novel, chapter twenty provides a different analysis on Dorian, it seems he wants to be saved. In conclusion, chapter sixteen initially gives the impression that Dorian has a chance at repenting, but by the end, all hope is dashed by his inability to confess to James Vane. As we move to the climax of the play, Dorian is presented as desperate man who wants to escape his own conscience. The ending to his life is morbid, but receives no sympathy from the reader, but instead a feeling of frustration. Dorian Gray is put across as a selfish, vain individual, who in his failure to accept responsibility, he is unable to escape his own sins and leaves this world to proceed to a lost one. ?? ?? ?? ?? Fahad Nabi English AS Miss Carey 1 ...read more.

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