...The Significance of White: Doran Gray Historically, the color white has been used as a motif of both life and death. For instance, white is the traditional color of wedding dresses in both western and Japanese cultures. White is used to symbolize purity in western culture weddings. On the other hand, white is used to signify the death of the old family and introduce the new family. In the novel, The Picture of DorianGray, one of the most vital motifs is the color white. The meaning of this color develops as the novel progresses and corresponds in relation to the trajectory of Dorian’s character. Even though the motif never physically amends in appearance, it is successful in transforming its’ meaning entirely. Indicating the immense dissimilarity in Dorian from the start of the novel to the end. In the opening of the novel, the color white is used to express Dorian Grey as a character of purity and youth. For example, while Basil is describing the first time he met Dorian, he says that, “When our eyes met, I felt that I was growing pale” (9.) This suggests that the color white resembles a kind of lucidity, as if Dorian’s righteousness eases all that he communicates with. Likewise, Lord Henry frequently describes Dorian’s youth as his, “rose-white boyhood” (21.) and, “the white purity of boyhood” (37.) In both quotations, the color white is used the resemble innocence of youth by...
In the book “The picture of Dorian grey, Dorian is influenced by Lord Henry and becomes ruined. Then Dorian influences numerous people and makes them ruined as well. Whether the responsibility lies to those who affect others or those who is affected is not easy to determine. However, the one who is affected has more responsibility for their corruptness.
It is one’s own job to decide their behavior. Even though, people are surrounded by friends who give negative effects, they should decide whether to follow them or to go to the right path. For example, Dorian grey knew Lord Henry was giving him bad influence. However, he followed and listened to Lord Henry as he wanted a life filled with pleasure and happiness. Dorian had the ability to distinguish what is right and wrong so he could not have been affected by Lord Henry like Basil if he had the will to go to the right way. It is Lord Henry who gave bad influence but it was Dorian Gray who decided to stay and listen to the bad influences as seen in the phrase “For years, Dorian Gray could not free himself from the influence of this book (given by Lord Henry). Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that he never sought to free himself from it.” Therefore, Dorian gray is responsible for ruining his own life by choosing to follow bad examples.
For those who ruined other’s lives, their influence is just a personality to them. In “The portrait of Dorian Gray”, being cynical and having an immoral view of life is just a personality and way of speech to Lord Henry. Lord Henry had no fault but showing his personality to Dorian Gray. As Dorian said, “Each of us has heaven and hell in him” everyone has a bad and good side and it is not crime to show the bad part to others. It was the influenced people who chose to follow that personality. Therefore, Lord Henry and Dorian Gray aren’t responsible for ruining other’s life.
One should have the discernment to judge right or wrong when they accept ideas or get influences from others. It is very venerable for especially teenagers to get affected and ruin their lives. Therefore, people should develop a upright belief form a young age nad try to follow what is right than what one wants to do.