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by Oscar Wilde

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Describe Dorian Gray as a Faustian figure in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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There are similarities between Dorian Gray and Dr. Faustus as Marlowe writes him. One contrast that exists is with Goethe's Faust, though. While Faust shuns the company of people, Dorian comes to be shunned by people. Dorian is evil and dissolute so that people come to despise his company. Faust, on the other hand, begins life as a solitary scholar who never cares about the normal associations and passions of life.

Faustus can not find a balance between the pursuit of knowledge, power bestowed by knowledge and morality that puts godliness and human goodness above knowledge. Similarly, Dorian will not balance an obsessive adoration of...

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