THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY



I read The importance of being Earnest and made the fatal mistake of succumbing to stereotypes. Therefore when I picked up The picture of Dorian Gray, I was: a) not expecting a novel. b) not expecting a morbid novel. and c) not expecting to be blown away...so after I read the book, I got thinking...
Imagine a portrait which bears your conscience...which bears the consequences of every deed that warrants a judgment in your life. As long as it is relegated to the recesses of your soul, one can sleep relatively easy knowing that one does have another day to purge his soul...a temporary amnesia or abstinence even...
But a visual conscience?? When every action's reaction adds that extra wrinkle to your face, that superfluous tell-tale meandering line on your visage that screams of stolen money, or a nasty remark. I believe the impact on a person's character would be tremendous which is why the book is powerful. We feel a 'prick' in our conscience when we mentally analyse the morality of an unjust action, an unfair thought, a heretic idea. But maybe it is just that, a 'prick'. To physically feel the impact of our actions perhaps our conscience has to be removed from our self, and scrutinised with our own two eyes. In conclusion however, I do believe that very few of us actually have the strength to withstand the decay of our moral beings unfolding painfully before ourselves. which is why unfortunately, or fortunately, the book will, or should, always remain fiction.

4 comments:

Joylita said...

Dorian Gray has to be one of my all time favourites.

In true MIT lingo, Oscar Wilde rocks!;)

MISSquoted** said...

couldn agree more milady ;-)

weedwanderer said...

Hey hey hey..Was just snooping around ur blog..Sniffing under every nook and cranny and I must declare..this is some gooooood shit :).As for Dorian Gray,the idea fascinated me quite a lot earlier but now seems sorta lame.If a inner struggle between a man and his conscience interests you check out Dostoevsky's Crime & Punishment.None of the over the top mystic mumbo jumbo stuff and a pretty graphic account of a man fighting with his own sensibilities.

Raghav said...

interesting... I am always fascinated by Lord Henry, and his ideas... the detachment he preaches is disconcerting, but intriguing at the same.