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Dorian Gray - Faust

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Peter Cooper

on 6 November 2012

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Transcript of Dorian Gray - Faust

Faust in Dorian Gray There have been many takes on Faust over the years but all the stories share a common thread:
A man named Faust sells his soul to the devil for knowledge, power and materialistic objects. Faust Oscar Wilde was obviously influenced by the Faust stories when he wrote Dorian gray. Similarities and differences Between Dorian and Faust Dorian and Faust both sell their souls to the devil in return for an extraordinary gift. Similarity Difference However, where Faust wanted Knowledge and power Dorian wanted eternal youth and beauty Difference Dorian never signs away his soul or makes a deal. It simply happens when he wishes the painting would age instead of him. Dorian also shares similarities with Faust in that he is wants more than a regular human life; he wants an extraordinary life and will try anything to attain it. Similarity Dorian’s has two lives: his Public life and his Secret Life Dorian's Double Life
Typical of Victorian Society Alter ego Similarity with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both characters are the same person, one good and one evil. dual personalities symbolize the good and the bad that exist within each person. Mr. Hyde literally is the psychopath within Dr. Jekyll, making him the alter ego. This is similar to Dorian Gray because Dorian splits himself into his soul in the painting, and his beautiful exterior, which leaves him ugly on the inside. The painting acts as Dorian’s alter ego, showing both sides of his personality. Public Life Secret Life His public life shows him as a young, respectable, kind man and is represented by his everlasting youth and beauty which make it difficult for people to dislike him. His secret life is one of pleasure and sin that show the reality of his cruelty through the portrait. The strict expectations of Victorian society made many upper class people lead double lives; split between what was expected of them and what they wanted. Oscar Wilde's double life Oscar Wilde was forced by the views of the time period to hide his true personality behind walls and show them through his writing. He very much feared revealing his homosexuality because he was aware that he’d be shunned from society. To keep his sexuality a secret, Wilde married and had children up until he met Robert Ross Wilde then wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray where he described many situations that hinted at Dorian being homosexual. He created Dorian to have a secret homosexual side that resembled his in order to get his feelings out in some way.
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