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Lord Henry's influence in the picture of Dorian gray
Transcript of Lord Henry's influence in the picture of Dorian gray
the picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde, Lord Henry Wotton plays a pivotal role as the only external force that influences Dorian,and therefore is responsible for his downfall and destruction.
His words dazzle Dorian and greatly influence his actions, this is seen in the following quotations
"The few words that Basil's friend had said to him - words spoken by chance, no doubt,and with willful paradox in them- had touched some secret chord that had never been touched before, but that he felt was now vibrating and throbbing to curious pulses"
"words! mere words! How terrible they were! how clever and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! they seemed to be able to give forms to formless things, and to have music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words!"
The Lord's Influence
All external forces that affect Dorian are derived from Lord Henry
He Influences him through his very careful word choice, his exquisite charisma, and his use of paradoxes, and epigrams.
he knows exactly what to say, how to say it, and when to say it.
Oral Seminar: Lord Henry
Lord Henry's acts as the devil
where Dorian is very vulnerable
and Lord Henry is very deceitful
it seems like Lord Henry is just what is needed for Dorian to switch
The Quotations foreshadows the strong influence that Lord Henry will have over Dorian
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Lord Henry not only affects Dorian internally, but also the way he handles serious situations
For example, the Lord's influence is present as he convinces Dorian that he had nothing to d with Sybl's death
" Dorian: So I have murdered Sybl Vane. Murdered her as surely as if i had cut her little Throat with a knife."
Henry gives Dorian a speech about how she never lived, because she was just an actress in a play
Even when Dorian wishes to sow poppies in his garden Henry says "There is no necessity."
Youthful yet Vulnerable
"After some time Dorian Gray looked up "you have explained me to myself, harry," he murmured with a sigh of relief. "i felt all you have said, but somehow i was afraid of it, and i could not express it myself. how well you know me!" (99,
"So I have murdered Sybl Vane. Murdered her as surely as if i had cut her little Throat with a knife."
Process: Henry uses his charisma to influence Dorian
Strongly reinforces the theme of the harmful power of influence
Exemplifies Henry's influence over Dorian, and shows how he can easily sway his judgement
"I felt all you have said, but somehow I was afraid of it" (Wilde 99) - Character Relationship
Lord Henry also Influences Dorian through physical object and not just words
Is a gift from Lord Henry
The protagonist reflects Dorian's life
Dorian strongly influenced and fascinated by the book
The Yellow Book
"It was the strangest book he had ever rea. it seemed to him that in exquisite raiment, and to the delicate sound of flutes, the sins of the world were passing in dumb show before him. things that he had dimly dreamed were suddenly made real to him. things of which he had never dreamed were gradually revealed. (Wilde 119)
"it was a poisonous book" (Wilde 120)
"you have explained me to myself, harry," he murmured with a sigh of relief. "i felt all you have said, but somehow i was afraid of it, and i could not express it myself.
Develops character relationships
Henry guides him and reveals his wants
Also reinforces the theme of The Harmful Power of Influence in a different way
"Conscience is just a polite word for cowardice. No civilised man regrets a pleasure." -Lord Henry Watton
"For years Dorian Gray Could not free himself from the influence of this book. or perhaps he never sought to free himslef from it" (Wilde 120)
The yellow Book
Lord Henry's influence through physical objects truly corrupts Dorian to a point beyond return.
Dorian's soul is Damaged beyond return
"Perhaps he never sought to free himself from it" (Wilde 120)
Corrupted to the point where he does not need Lord Henry's influence