This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Vanity Of A Man Essay

1510 words - 7 pages

Oscar Wilde’s only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, shows a man’s vanity, self- indulgence and utter lack of regard for others through art. The portrait of Dorian Gray, created at the height of Dorian’s beauty, youth and charm is a reflection of the evils in basing the worth of someone on appearance rather than character. Since those around him find him beautiful and charming, Dorian believes that that the only thing matters is his appearance, so that he is able to focus on his own needs and wants. Showing how vain people in a society can really be, and its destructive force, is Wilde’s ultimate statement. After Basil Hallward paints a magnificent portrait of Dorian Gray, the painting ...view middle of the document...

Dorian loves her because of what is on the outside and does not take the time to get to know Sibyl the person before he declares his love for her. Falling in love with Sibyl based on her looks and because she can transform herself with her acting so she can be whoever Dorian wants her to be, shows just how vain Dorian is. The night Sibyl plays Juliet, in William Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet, she acts horribly, infuriating Dorian and embarrassing him in front of Basil and Lord Henry. He storms backstage into Sibyl’s dressing room and yells, “You have killed my love. You used to stir my imagination. Now you don’t even stir my curiosity” (Wilde, 63). Before the performance Dorian claims to be madly in love with Sibyl, now that he no longer sees her as a great actress, he suddenly hates her and believes it to be all Sibyl’s fault. Dorian’s says, “You have spoiled the romance of my life. How little can you know of love, if you say it mars your art! Without your art you are nothing. I would have made you famous, splendid, magnificent. The world would have worshipped you, and you would have borne my name” (Wilde, 64). In his fit of rage, Dorian reveals his true character, that his love for Sibyl had nothing to do with her as a person, and instead it is only about what is important to him and how she would reflect upon him in the eyes of the world. Sibyl ends up killing herself when Dorian leaves. Dorian’s vanity and self-interest reveal his cruelty and disregard for others. Dorian believes that he is above others and that the rules of society do not apply to him.
When Dorian learns the next day that Sibyl is dead, instead of mourning her, Dorian goes to the Opera with Lord Henry. Dorian does not care about the pain he caused Sibyl or that she is dead, all that matters to him are his own pleasures. When Dorian tells Basil that he went to the Opera, Basil cannot hide his shock. “You went to the Opera while Sibyl Vane was lying dead in some lodging? You can talk to me of other women being charming, and of Patti singing divinely, before the girl you loved has even the quiet of a grave to sleep in?” (Wilde, 79). Dorian believes he is entitled to do what he wants, when he wants, regardless of what society’s rules may be. Sibyl’s death should not interfere with his fun, but Basil is appalled and says to Dorian, “Now, I don’t know what has come over you. You talk as if you had no heart, no pity in you” (Wilde, 79). Basil still sees Dorian as the beautiful boy he put on the pedestal. However, Dorian blames Basil for his actions saying “You taught me to be vain.” (Wilde, 79). Dorian has not a care in the world for anybody, but only for himself. Oscar Wilde also shows the vanity of a man as a theme through Lord Henry’s personality as well. Lord Henry is just as wicked as Dorian, possibly even worse. Lord Henry does not care about Sibyl Vane and that she is dead. It does not bother Lord Henry that Dorian was the reason behind Sibyl’s suicide when...

Find Another Essay On Vanity Of A Man

A Man of Greatness Essay

1144 words - 5 pages A Man of Greatness Philip Rivers is undoubtedly a man with extreme talent. An NFL quarterback who is underestimated and underrated. Neither Philip Rivers nor the Chargers have received a Super Bowl win; should that take away from the countless awards and records he has broken? Does a Super Bowl make or break a player’s true status? {THESIS} The History of Philip Rivers Philip Rivers was born on December 8, 1981 in Decatur, Alabama. A

A Nature Of Man Essay

2499 words - 10 pages began to see what people were capable of doing. Anyone who moved through those years without understanding that man produces evil as a bee produces honey, must have been blind or wrong in the head." ("Sir William Gerald Golding." 2014.). Golding promptly returned to his teaching and writing in 1945, where he shortly began writing Lord of the Flies. Utilizing influence from both his experiences in the war and his experiences from teaching unruly

VANITY FAIR (BBC SERIES) - Essay: How does the series convey a view of the monstrosities of family life?

1010 words - 4 pages importance of money and status within a family. This is emphasized through the extensive use of characterisation, dialogue and juxtaposition.There are many examples of monstrosities of family life displayed in Vanity Fair. The first example is the characters reactions towards death (or lack of reaction in some cases). This type of monstrosity is especially prominent in the scene of the death of Miss Crawley. There is a minor priority placed on Miss

Shades of a White Man

1418 words - 6 pages “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.” (Shakespeare) Humans were born pure, humble and humane. Politics, science, conflicts and the innate desire for dominance change who we are, and who we ultimately aspire to be. The culture we are born into, too, affects who we are in a rather dramatic way; it

Conscience of a Guilty Man

2212 words - 9 pages early death (1617). One of Poe’s most famous short stories and a classic of the Gothic fiction generation is "The Tell-Tale Heart" first published in 1843, in the Pioneer magazine (Shmoop). Poe takes readers into a dark tale about an unnamed narrator who tells a story who claims he is sane, but murders and old man because of his pale blue eye. Edgar Allan Poe accentuates the feeling of guilt through his obsessive behavior, point of view, vivid

Head of a Young Man

1379 words - 6 pages elements within this portrait all are noteworthy in the sculpture contributing toward the creation of this artwork. This piece with will be analyzed first from a general overview and then the features moving from the top then moving to the base of the portrait. Due to the Head of a Young Man not being on display, this analysis will be solely from a picture. The portrait is made of sandstone and like its namesake is the golden tan color of sand

Statlin: A Man of Terror

1424 words - 6 pages A true man of terror, Joseph Stalin will be remembered in both Russian and world history as a tyrannical puppet master with a gun. Stalin was renowned for making people do what he wanted, while having a gun pointed right at them if they chose not to obey. He was a man so compelled to overpass the west's capitalistc countries, that he would stop at nothing short to achieve it. Driven by ambition and power, Stalin retained a tough Bolshevik

A Man of Constant Sorrow

1135 words - 5 pages radio man to giving him more money for singing the song “A Man of Constant Sorrow” into the radio, as seen here: “‘Okay sir, but Mert and Aloysius'll have to scratch Xes - only four of us can write.’” Instead of taking the money that they actually earned, Ulysses tells the blind man that there are more singers than there actually were to make more money which is very dishonest. As seen by this evidence, both Ulysses and Odysseus are clever, but

A Man of Many Words

2152 words - 9 pages writings, to help earn some extra cash. At the time he didn’t know that this would lead to arguably some of his best work. He was known to be a man of many words throughout his career. Most would say he had fulfilled his most prestigious work in this period because of the true time and passion he was able to put into it. They feel as if this was the time in his life he was able to express his self in many different ways. His main objective was

A man of his country

1331 words - 6 pages "king"! He was a man of his country. Works Cited Allan Levine, King, (Vancouver BC: Douglas and McIntyre, 2011), front cover. Ibid, 406. Ibid, front cover. "The Conscription Crisis," CBC, http://www.cbc.ca/history/EPISCONTENTSE1E P12CH2PA3LE.html (accessed November 28 2013). Jill Colyer et al., Creating Canada A History -1914 to the Present (Toronto ON: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2010), 255. Ibid. Levine, 329. Colyer, 255. Ibid

The Power of a Man

1704 words - 7 pages how the world is run today. He was a man with a thirst for power, and he made this very evident through his engagements and the art of the time. He wasn’t afraid to boast about his skills, and this is clearly seen through the portraits he had made for himself and his use of propaganda to promote the power of France. He introduced a new era of human skill and imagination with his expansion and conquest throughout European land, and he brought on

Similar Essays

The Vanity Of Man Essay

1116 words - 5 pages The Vanity of Man Vanity and undeniable ego are characteristics of self-destructive properties. In the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde shows how these can lead to a man’s downfall. He displays this through the character of Dorian Gray. 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

The Crime Of Vanity In Arthur Miller´S Death Of A Salesman

1415 words - 6 pages , “why didn’t anybody come” to Willy’s funeral. (Reqiuem.6) It was hard for her to believe that they weren’t everything Willy had lied they were. Willy has trapped Linda’s future in her sorrow for him, a man undeserving of any mourning from his wife for how poorly he treated her. His misery was only a fair reflection of the misery he has left his wife with, so his punishment is aligned with his crime. From Feld’s perspective, the extent of Willy’s

Evolution Of A Man Essay

571 words - 2 pages Evolution is a slow, tedious process that has been going on for thousands of years. Evolution can happen in places such as the world itself, in plants and animals, and of coarse in the human being. In a specific case of evolution a man named Macbeth went through some drastic, life changing events that caused him to evolve into a different person. Macbeth evolved from being a moral man who was very hesitant to murder his cousin to a reckless

A Man Of Everything Essay

2451 words - 10 pages , stating that in order to get what you wanted there were going to be obstacles until success was reached, also that idea of complexity let homosexuals and African Americans know that it was fine to be different. Just like the novel, Just Above My Head, life was “sprawling, hellish, joyous, as well as thick with political, economic and social reference” (Romano). In another one of Baldwin’s works, “Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood