Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question. I was glad of it:
In his gothic masterpiece The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar Wilde is pretty blatant in his symbolism, he basically hits us over the head with a laburnum branch symbolic of forsaken, pensive beauty apparently. It is what makes Wilde easy for students to dissect for meaning and also what upsets those who like their literary motifs and themes more artfully hidden.
So what is with all the flowers? The flowers can be read as a representation of sensory temptation as in this passage from the very first meeting between Dorian and Lord Henry: He came close to him and put his hand upon his shoulder.
Henry is the ultimate voyeur, his corruption of Dorian Gray is purely experimental, creating a spectacle to observe.
Is it possible Lord Henry is a sociopath? Henry also uses flowers to open the door to paranoia, fear of the passing of time and the advent of old age. Flowers are temporary and wilt and wither like youth. But flowers renew seasonally Dorian will not.
The laburnum will be as yellow next June as it is now. In a month there will be purple stars on the clematis, and year after year the green night of its leaves will hold its purple stars. But we never get back our youth. The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty, becomes sluggish.
Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.
There is absolutely nothing in the world but youth! But what do I know? His nature had developed like a flower, had borne blossoms of scarlet flame.
Or it could be Dorian crushing his last semblance of innocence or humanity: One day you introduced me to a friend of yours, who explained to me the wonder of youth, and you finished the portrait of me that revealed to me the wonder of beauty.
I was thinking of you all the time. But I will try—indeed, I will try. Particular features of Sybil are also referred to in floral terms such as her lips being like petals.
However late we find that not all flowers can be considered innocent and pure, there is one flower that is given monstrous connotations. The Monstrosity of Orchids Orchids are traditionally symbolic of beauty, luxury and love, they also have associations with sexuality, virility and lust depending on the colour.
The potential of orchids to represent qualities of than innocence depending on their colour becomes apparent during the corruption of Dorian as he reads the Yellow Book that was given to him by Lord Henry: There were in it metaphors as monstrous as orchids and as subtle in colour The orchid as a monstrosity and the relevance of its colour is relevant when we consider this interchange between Dorian and Francis after the death of Basil: What is the name of the man at Richmond who supplies Selby with orchids?
You must go down to Richmond at once, see Harden personally, and tell him to send twice as many orchids as I ordered, and to have as few white ones as possible.
Bye Bye Dorian, you selfish pain in the butt.The Picture of Dorian Gray is the most prominent example of vanity destroying life. Gray’s wish for eternal youth leads him to a life of sin and treachery.
His worship of youth and the beauty of youth allows him to feel little to know regret over misdeeds. The Picture of Dorian Gray has , ratings and 23, reviews. Stephen said: Arguably literature's greatest study of shallowness, vanity, casual.
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Basil Hallward, an artist, meets Dorian Gray and paints his portrait. The artist is so infatuated with Dorian's beauty that he begins to believe it is the reason for his quality of art. The Picture of Dorian Gray's important quotes, sortable by theme, character, or chapter. The Picture of Dorian Gray: Characters Description, analysis, and timelines for The Picture of Dorian Gray 's characters.
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