Perception And Reality Essay

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Thesis-In The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, main character, Dorian Gray , in his times of greatest pain chooses to focus only on what is beautiful which leads to his death and shows that beauty obscures reality.
Dorian Gray's romantic interest, Sibyl kills herself after an altercation with Dorian; he looks at the nature around him to avoid the reality of the suicide that he has caused. Dorian first sees Sibyl when she acts at a rundown and low quality theater. She acts as many characters from several of Shakespeare’s plays, such as Juliet, Imogen, and Ophelia from Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline, and Hamlet. Dorian immediately is enamored with Sibyl; her acting ability awes him. Dorian ...view middle of the document...

In the short bursts by Dorian the only verb that Dorian says in the exclamations is “is”. This furthermore demonstrates Dorian’s incompetency and shock of pain. Dorian feels great pain because of his loss and he physically exhibits his pain when he “leaped to his feet” and “[tore] his hands away from Lord Henry”. His decisive and harsh actions demonstrate his pain. The verbs that Wilde uses to describe what Dorian does also describe how he feels. The verbs “ broke...leaped” and “tearing” are sharp and show the immense pain that Dorian experiences once he hears that Sibyl dies. Shortly after he hears the news of Sibyl’s death he focuses on things that are more pleasing and beautiful. To hide from his true emotions and the true reality of Sibyl’s suicide Dorian notes that Sibyl is dead “ Yet the roses are not less lovely for all that. The birds sing just as happily in my garden. ’”(Wilde 103). Dorian, barely minutes after his outburst, focuses on the flowers and birds. Dorian starts by saying ““the roses are not less lovely’” even though his fiancé killed herself. Dorian says that the flowers, beautiful things, are still lovely despite tremendous tragedy. Roses, often times, are symbolic of love and romance. He may imply that he will love other people and there is still joy in his world despite the problem that his only love commits suicide. Dorian quickly changes his focus from the death of Sibyl to his romances with other people. The beauty of the roses obscures the...

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