Dorian Gray Prose Passage

In this passage from The Picture of Dorian Gray , Oscar Wilde uses strong literary devices to convey Lord Henry’s idea on youth and beauty in the world. While using such devices as imagery, strong diction , and personification Wilde manages to depict Lord Henry’s viewpoint as the supremacy of youth and beauty in society and how it’s ugly counterpart aging has no part in it.

The strong of imagery used in this passages gives the reader a stark contrast of both youth and beauty , and it’s counterpart aging and ugliness . Lord Henry puts great value in the idea of youth, even going so far goes to go and call it a form genius. It is from here Lord Henry uses strong imagery to show how important only beauty and youth is to him. He uses the strong and light words like sunlight , springtime, and even the very specific phrase “ the reflection in dark waters of that silver shell we call the moon “ . Lord Henry makes beauty like the most important thing in the world. He sees it as a form genius , genius that does not need to be explained For example, Wilde states “beauty is a form of genius” and even believes good looks are better than being smart as it much easier to see a gorgeous person. In order for a person to be considered a ugly or shrewd , they would have to show it in the outward appearance , but prettiness creates a better first impression as it does not need to be presented in a certain way. To make his argument that attractiveness beats every other characteristic of people stronger, Lord Henry introduces the concept of what would happen when beauty dwindles as you grow older to amplify the fear of the unknown. Also, imagery with descriptions such as “limbs failing” and “senses rotting ” develop a sense of uncertainty and hatred towards aging and to convince and seduce the reader into believing in the supremacy of aestheticism.