In The Picture of Dorian Gray can we say the the Dorian character is Wilde himself?
Although there are similarities between Oscar Wilde and Dorian Gray in term of tastes, lifestyles, and life creeds, historical and biographical evidence shows that Wilde was abysmally distanced from the character of Dorian. It is, however, a common belief that Wilde, in his many instances of self-grandeur may have wanted to compare himself to such a creature as Dorian, but we will find that this is far from true.
In an introduction by Wilde for the second edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde states the following:
Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be-in other ages, perhaps
There is much more to this quote than what it says. It all begins with Oscar Wilde's upbringing and younger years in Ireland, and then in England. Almost every single biography of Oscar Wilde agrees that Oscar never thought of himself as a charming, nor as a "beautiful" man in the way that he describes Dorian. In fact, Wilde was always aware of his...
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