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The Immortal Life and Immoral Values of Dorian Gray: A Study of Immortality and Immoral Behavior in The Picture of Dorian Gray
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities, English.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay aims to examine how immortality and immoral behavior are represented in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. The claim in this essay is that an immortal life is not a desirable life and that it traps you in a paradoxical existence that cannot be desirable. The method used in this essay is close reading of the narrative focusing on the protagonist Dorian Gray examined through two theories, ‘The Makropulos case’ and the subsequent analysis regarding contingent and categorical desires introduced by Bernard Williams as well as a theory focusing on endless frustration by Aaron Smuts that evolved through critiquing Williams’ theory on contingent and categorical desires. By analyzing Dorian Gray’s behavior and comparing his choices to the theories presented by Williams and Smuts the results are unanimous and support the claim that an immortal life is undesirable. Dorian Gray ended up confined to a life without meaning as he left everything that held meaning to him behind in his pursuit of pleasure and youth.

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2018. , p. 28
Keywords [en]
Immortality, Immorality, Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-26195OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-26195DiVA, id: diva2:1186856
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English
Educational program
Upper Secondary Teacher Education Programme
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Available from: 2018-03-02 Created: 2018-03-01 Last updated: 2018-03-02Bibliographically approved

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