Does Oscar Wilde ever contradict himself? Wilde promotes Aestheticism, and propogates that art should be created only for aesthetic pleasure, and not to impose any instrumental message - does Wilde ever contradict himself in his essays and work?    

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I would say that he does contradict himself in the work of The Picture of Dorian Gray as the response above mentions. Any part of the play, for example the good and innocent nature of Dorian Gray is soon contradicted by the devil that obey to his barbaric and cruel instincts of murder and crime. 

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Everyone is a hypocrite sometimes!  It’s human nature.  Wilde’s works would have to never say anything important if you believe this.  I don’t think this is true.  His works, such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, and The Importance of Being Earnest do have meaningful themes.

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