Physical beauty in “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde

My aim of reading is to discover new genres, new literary styles and techniques. Through books I can visit thousands places and make new friends who I will never lose and by rereading, they will welcome me as if I’ve never left them. Those persons, present in the imagination of the author and reader can become a model by any means we will strive to think and act like them. But those characters, who are sometimes too important to us can one also consider as a person he wishes he will not become. As a result, stories learn us more about the person we want to be or sometimes we really don’t want to be.

The Picture Of Dorian Gray is such a fascinating book. Though I often differ in opinion, I still consider this book brilliant. Oscar Wilde’s way of writing is witty and on occasion even philosophical. Besides, I often hold different views, especially with Lord Henry but I considered this difference as a challenge to ground my point of view better or to change my mind.

This book certainly touches so many topics and themes worth to think about and discuss that it is too much to write just one blogpost about. For this one, I will dive into the beauty question.

Many people before us experienced the fear of growing older and the bodily decay. In relation to this, the trope of supremacy of youth and beauty is highly present in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. When a handsome young lad named Dorian doesn’t age anymore, his portret becomes uglier and uglier the more he committed sins. Though it is typically for humans to laud youthful beauty – not to mention models and the amount of beauty products- one should not use beauty to hide a corrupt mind. When reading this book, I found it a task understand the points of view about beauty. It is written in such a way that the sentence in question makes it almost ridiculous to imagine one would actually hold this opinion.

But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins.

Oscar Wilde from “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

This citation suggests when one is working on something which requires mental force, one is not beautiful. Supposedly, Lord Henry refers only to physical beauty. Unfortunately, in our society lays the emphasis on physical beauty and in a way that one has to maintain a shape and perfectness to be considered as beautiful. In my opinion, human beauty is much more than the superficial beauty applaud by make-up companies. Real beauty drops from small gestures and poses which indicates a sense of artistic musing and wondering. Physical beauty as a reflection of inner thoughts and emotions which are unique for human beings. Personally, one should consider his-or herself as a beautiful personality regardless what mode-trends and society let us belief what beauty is.

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