March 03, 2005

Dorian Gray's realism

I know, I know that you may be sick of reading about The Picture of Dorian Gray, but I promise this will be the last blog entry. After reading "The Aesthetic Realism of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray," I personally felt that Oscar did use plenty of realism in his book. Chapter 11 was full of realism. I agree with the author of this selection, Shelton Waldrep, that Wilde's upper-class portrays plenty of realism.

"...Wilde was detailing the physical reality of his time." This is stating that there is plenty of realism in this chapter, because Wilde was bringing alive the many things in his book that were around during those times his book was written.

I really like how Waltrep explains that Wilde expresses things through Dorian, such as "you are what you own and what you can feel." However, I do not agree in the whole idea of Lord Henry being flirtatious in a gay way. He may have been flirtatious and manipulative, but not in a "male-male desire" stated in this excerpt. I feel that The Picture of Dorian Gray has to be read with an open-mind. I don't believe in assuming anything, so I definitely do not agree with the authors statement on this idea.

As a last note (I know I probably said this before), I really liked this book and I think everyone should have to read it. There is a sort of aesthetic realism in it that you just would not realize in any other book but this one. THere is so much symbolism and representation that it is so hard to explain how everything fits together with words. It was a really good book and I enjoyed the realism.

Posted by Anne Stadler at March 3, 2005 12:11 AM | TrackBack
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