• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" Chapter 2, analysis

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by O.Wilde Chapter 2 analysis "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde, a dramatic story of a beautiful young man Dorian Gray who keeps his good looks while his portrait changes to reflect its subject's vice and degradation. The extract under consideration begins in Basil's studio, where the artist finishes the portrait of Dorian Gray. When Dorian looks at the painting, he is quite impressed, as if he sees himself for the first time. He first recognizes the extraordinary beauty and youth in the portrait and then is pained by the thought of losing it. Dorian envies the figure in the painting, saying that he would give his soul to be young forever as the painting will be. ...read more.

Middle

The heavy scent of the roses seemed to brood over everything." \ "...he walked over to the deal painting-table that was set beneath the high curtained window..."); or the description of Dorian's appearance and his reaction to the portrait ("...his cheeks flushed for a moment with pleasure... a look of joy came into his eyes... he stood there motionless and in wonder..."\ "His eyes deepened into amethyst, and across them came a mist of tears" \ "...his golden head...pallid face and tear-stained eyes..."). In his deep and vivid descriptions, Wilde is really generous in using bright epithets ("...charming exaggeration of friendship" \ "ivory Hermes...silver Faun") and even personification ("the dust danced" / "The scarlet would pass away from his lips and the gold steal from his hair"). The choice of words is also worth mentioning (panegyric, vermilion, pallid). ...read more.

Conclusion

For example, lexical repetition of the words "jealous" ("I am jealous of everything"... "I am jealous of the portrait"), "mock" ("It will mock me some day -- mock me horribly!"), "young", "old" or phrases like "How sad it is!" conveys Dorian's enormous concern about getting old and horrible, while the portrait will remain young and beautiful. The wide usage of exclamations and parallel constructions, emphatic conjunction "if" ("If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young..."/ "...if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now!"), and rhetorical questions ("Why should it keep what I must lose?"/ "How long will you like me?") only accentuates Dorian's strong feelings of jealousy and desperation. In general, the given extract is very important in the novel, as it uncovers its major motifs and themes: the relationships between youth and mortality, good and evil, beauty and morality, influence and corruption. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Is The Nightingale and the Rose (Oscar Wilde) just a child's fairy tale or ...

    that you will be a true lover, for Love is wiser than Philosophy..." The Student looked up from the grass, and listened, but he could not understand what the Nightingale was saying to him, for he only knew the things that are written down in books.'

  2. An Analysis of Old Major's Speech: Animal Farm

    It threw hope into their hearts for change, made them wishful of the future and inspired them to work for the rebellion. It was also Old Major's experience which made his dream impossible to contradict: he was unique amongst them due to his vast experience, something which no other animal

  1. Spiritual Aspects Of Lyrical Ballads

    the natural world as opposed to lacklustre revision, life will choose it's path. However, though Wordsworth seems to believe that nature takes precedent over institutions and philosophy this does not suggest that Wordsworth was declaring himself an enemy of literature.

  2. Adrian Mole Chapter Notes

    At break time the Good Samaritans had a meeting and he was given an old man called Bert Baxter. The dog has been taken to the vet as he had a piece of concrete in his paw. January 21st Mr and Mrs Lucas are getting divorced; Adrian's mother went round to comfort Mr Lucas.

  1. Shakespeare Coursework - Henry

    After the Battle, Henry is told of the number of dead- 4 gentlemen and 25 other men. He then gives the victory to God "Take it God, For it is none but Thine." And orders hymns of praise to be sung and the dead to be buried showing his piety

  2. Dorian Gray

    Basil begs Henry by pleading, "Don't spoil him. Don't try to influence him. Your influence would be bad. My life as an artist depends on him." Right from the beginning Wilde begins to hint at what type of person Lord Henry is and the influences he could impose on Dorian.

  1. CHAPTER 10 Lord of the Flies analysis

    Golding for maximum effect uses the word savages instead of boys. "A savage raised his hand." This change of names indicates that the boys are no longer boys but savages. Their identity is completely different to that of what they were.

  2. Soap, lip balm and window analysis

    because it affects the amount of greasiness and texture to be very bad. I can deduce that the best amount of shea butter to put in is zero. Evaluation Throughout the experiments I got very over excited for making the soap and I got the written work done.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work