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The Pictures of Dorian Gray vs. The Faust Legend

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Paige Easton

on 10 November 2014

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Transcript of The Pictures of Dorian Gray vs. The Faust Legend

The picture of Dorian Gray may be read as an allegory for the Faust Legend. Trace the parallels.
Textual Evidence #1:
"It would kill the past, when that was dead he would be free. It would kill this monstrous soul life, and, without its hideous warnings, he would be at peace" (Widle 1897).
Commentary #1:
Dorian's thoughts are getting the best of him.
He wants to get rid of the past leave all the bad behind.
Dorian feels if the portrait is gone the burden will be taken off his shoulders.
The painting is showing his soul-life and it is reminding him of the wrong he has done.
Also, reminds him of the corruption of his soul.
Although aging was nice at first, the constant reminder of the visual is unbearable .
Thesis Statement:
Just as Faust sold his soul to the Devil, Dorian Gray sells his soul for personal gain which leads to his own downfall.
The Pictures of Dorian Gray vs. The Faust Legend

Textual Evidence #2:
"If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that- for that- I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world i would not give! I would give my soul for that" (Widle 187).
Commentary #2:

Dorian is giving his soul to the portrait like Faust gave his soul to the devil.
Dorian gave his soul to be forever youthful and never old, which is only beneficial to himself, much like how Faust sold his soul for knowledge for his own self indulgence
Textual Evidence #3:
"Behold my wares attentively:" By Johann Wolfgang Von Geothe (Faust).
Commentary #3:
"Wares" can be inferred as age and how the body wares.
Dorian sold his soul because he refused to see the day that his body "wares".
He didn't want to ever face the fact of getting older and losing the beautiful face people put him off to be.
Textual Evidence #4:
"When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself" (Widle 23).
Commentary #4:
Irony because he actually ends up killing himself.
In this statement, Dorian shows a selfish and unstable side of him that shows how highly he regards his youthfulness.
Textual Evidence #5:
" and yet, there's nothing I've collected-" (Faust).
Commentary #5:
This is referring to his lack of wares, saying that he has not acquired any wares.
Dorian sold his soul and over the years, he has received no wares, but stay youthful with the appearance of purity.
Textual Evidence #6:
"Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming" (Widle preface).
Commentary #6:
The original paint by Basil was beautiful and was Basil's best work.
When Dorian's soul became part of the painting, it gave the painting ugly meaning.
Textual Evidence #7:
"...for the face of the man he had sough to kill had all the bloom of boyhood, all the unstained purity of youth"(Wilde 160).
Commentary #7:
The portrait is filled with the bad and the fact Dorian does not aging he is getting himself out of crime.
Dorian's appearance of youth "saved" him from a tragical end after all he had done, but also proved as being the opposite for as he continued to lived, he was tortured by the constant reminder of all the things he had done.
Times for Topic: 3:50-5:00, 5:50- 6:30,and 7:00-7:20
Works Cited:
"faust." Faust.N.p., 2010.Web.03 Nov.2014.
Mojo, Watch. "Top Ten Notes: Pictures of Dorian Gray." YouTube. YouTube, 13 Oct. 2013. Web. 08 Nov. 2014.
Wilde, Oscar, and Peter Faulkner.
The Picture of Dorian Gray. London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1993. Print.
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