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Identity and formation of self in Oscar Wildes The picture of Dorian Gray
2001 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Identity and Formation of Self in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray_x000B_In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, an intricate relation between self and identity is described. The main character, Dorian Gray, forms an identity and a self during the course of the book, a self which has a deep effect not only on himself but also on his surroundings. Dorian’s image of self is deeply connected to his picture, and from this aspect he shares many characteristics with Narcissus from the antique myth as it is told by Ovid. My aim with this essay is to explore the main character and his identity and image of self. The essay also focuses on his perception of himself, and how this affects his surroundings, and investigates how this is expressed in Wilde’s novel. After a close reading of The Picture of Dorian Gray, it becomes obvious that Dorian’s image of self in connection with his identity is of great importance to the story as a whole. The life of the protagonist, and indeed the lives of several other characters, are deeply affected by Dorian’s image of self, making Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray the complex and intricate composition that it is.

Abstract [en]

Identity and Formation of Self in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, an intricate relation between self and identity is described. The main character, Dorian Gray, forms an identity and a self during the course of the book, a self which has a deep effect not only on himself but also on his surroundings. Dorian’s image of self is deeply connected to his picture, and from this aspect he shares many characteristics with Narcissus from the antique myth as it is told by Ovid. My aim with this essay is to explore the main character and his identity and image of self. The essay also focuses on his perception of himself, and how this affects his surroundings, and investigates how this is expressed in Wilde’s novel. After a close reading of The Picture of Dorian Gray, it becomes obvious that Dorian’s image of self in connection with his identity is of great importance to the story as a whole. The life of the protagonist, and indeed the lives of several other characters, are deeply affected by Dorian’s image of self, making Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray the complex and intricate composition that it is.

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2001. , 18 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53662Local ID: ENG C-12OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53662DiVA: diva2:1102222
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