Dorian gray

appunto in inglese: dorian gray, the aesthetic movement, oscar wilde's london e oscar wilde (2 pagine formato doc)

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DORIAN GRAY: The protagonist of the book is Dorian Gray, a beautiful young man who, under the influence of an older man (the cynic and aesthete Lord Henry Wotton) forfeits his soul to preserve his youth and beauty.
He wants a life filled with pleasures, also committing crimes to gratify his wishes. Dorian is a name that evokes the splendour of ancient Greece, while his surname, Gray, sounds like grey, the colour that symbolises the indecision between white (good) and black (bad). Very important are the best friends of the protagonist: Lord Henry Wotton and the painter Basil Hallward. Lord Henry Wotton is cynic and aesthete but he’s a good orator.
Henry, often named Harry, reminds us of the expression “old Harry”, that is a familiar way to name the devil. Basil Hallward is a painter and he is very popular. He has adoration for Dorian and he’s the dominant motive of his art. Sibyl reminds us of Greek women who were prophets and told the truth, but her surname, Vane, sounds symbolic because she speaks “in vain”. Basil Hallward portrayed Dorian Gray; thanks to the picture and Henry Wotton’s words, Dorian became concerned about his beauty and youth, and wished to stay always as he appeared on the canvas while the picture grew old. His wish came true. Dorian wants a life filled with pleasures also commetted crimes (he caused many suicides, starting from Sibyl’s one, and killed Basil), but no sign of age or corruption marred his “marvellous visage”. Dorian seems to be protected by a supernatural and infernal power. but Dorian felt he had spoiled his life and the lives of his friends and when he understood he couldn’t find a remedy for his sins, he killed himself stabbing the picture, which regained its original shape while Dorian became old and hideous. THE AESTHETIC MOVEMENT: The long reign of Queen Victoria was a period of great change. The Industrial Revolution brought about social, moral and intellectual change. Class distinction was prevalent in all aspect of Victorian society and it was portrayed in the literature of the epoch. Painters who were dissatisfied with Victorian materialism found inspiration in medieval Italian paintings. These painters used a technique that was used by painters who worked before Raffaello. The brotherhood of painters called the Pre-Raphaelites was founded by Rossetti, Hunt and Millais. It was formed by a group of young artists, painters and writers, who had decided to re-establish a