Name: Mouri Moumita ID:0920605015 1. “There is no such thing as an ethical or an unethical book,” Wilde states in the Preface. “Books are well composed, or severely written.
That is all.” Does the novel confirm this argument? Wilde released his only novel, The Image of Dorian Gray, prior to he reached the height of his fame. It was criticized as outrageous and unethical. Disappointed with its reception, Wilde modified the novel in 1891, including a beginning and six new chapters.
The Beginning anticipates some of the criticism that might be leveled at the novel and answers critics who charge The Image of Dorian Gray with being an immoral tale. It likewise briefly sets forth the tenets of Wilde’s viewpoint of art. Dedicated to a school of idea and a mode of sensibility referred to as aestheticism, Wilde believed that art possesses an intrinsic value– that it is beautiful and for that reason has worth, and therefore requires serve no other purpose, be it moral or political. The Photo of Dorian Gray is the story of one gorgeous, innocent boy’s seduction, ethical corruption, and eventual downfall.
We satisfy our three central characters at the beginning of the book, when painter Basil Hallward and his friend, Lord Henry Wotton, are going over the subject of Basil’s latest painting, a stunning young thing called Dorian Gray. Basil and Henry go over just how completely perfect Dorian is– he’s completely innocent and entirely good, along with being the most lovely person ever to walk the earth. Lord Henry wants to meet this strange boy, however Basil doesn’t want him to; for some reason, he hesitates of what will take place to Dorian if Lord Henry digs his claws into him.
Assessing the course of his previous twenty years, he confronts Lord Henry, whom he thinks is accountable for leading him astray. Lord Henry provides Dorian a book. Dorian criticizes the yellow book that, years prior to, had such an extensive impact over him, claiming that this book did him great harm. This accusation is, obviously, alien to Wilde’s approach of aestheticism, which holds that art can not be either ethical or immoral. Lord Henry states as much, declining to believe that a book could have such power.
The concept that there is no morality in art, only beauty (or an absence of charm, when it comes to bad art), is the central tenet of a movement referred to as aestheticism, which sought to complimentary literature and other kinds of creative expression from the problem of being ethical or useful. Wilde himself was associated carefully with this creed, as the Beginning to The Photo of Dorian Gray makes clear. However the book that follows grapples with the approach of art for art’s sake in a complicated way. After all, the lead character experiences the lessons he has actually learned from the yellow book that has actually “poisoned” him.
Lord Henry insists that a book can do no such thing, and we are delegated decide just how much blame one can put on a book and just how much blame need to be placed on the reader. Undoubtedly, in one respect, The Image of Dorian Gray seems to be a novel of very moral perceptiveness, since Dorian suffers because he enables himself to be poisoned by a book. In other words, he defies the creative concepts that structure the yellow book. One need to question, then, if there is such a thing as a book without some sort of ethical or direction