Essays about: "Oscar Wilde"

Showing result 1 - 5 of 18 essays containing the words Oscar Wilde.

  1. 1. Forsake Thy Art, Forsake Thyself : A Lacanian Reading of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray

    University essay from Högskolan i Gävle/Engelska

    Author : Andreas Svensson; [2020]
    Keywords : Mirror Stage; Imaginary; Symbolic; Psychoanalysis; The Picture of Dorian Gray;

    Abstract : This essay argues, with the help of Lacanian psychoanalysis, that Dorian Gray, the protagonist in Oscar Wilde’s novel, fails to abide by the rules governed by the culture of society. It is argued that Lacan’s theories about the mirror stage develop Dorian’s character and his realizations of his true self as part of the culture which shapes him. READ MORE

  2. 2. The Happy Prince : A Paradoxical Aesthetic Tale and a Dual Critique of Victorian Times

    University essay from Högskolan Kristianstad/Fakulteten för lärarutbildning

    Author : Quentin Caizergues; [2020]
    Keywords : Oscar Wilde; The Happy Prince; fairy tale; aestheticism; moral standards; social satire; Victorian society; Christian values;

    Abstract : This essay highlights The Happy Prince’s advantageous use of conventions of the fairy tale genre to stress critical issues of the Victorian period: the challenge of the established Christian socio-moral order, the rising of the bourgeois industrial society, and the advent of aestheticism as a response. Using the close reading technique supported by the Victorian socio-historical background, the analysis establishes that the criticism proceeds by double associations. READ MORE

  3. 3. Rediscovering Beatrice and Bianca: A Study of Oscar Wilde’s Tragedies The Duchess of Padua (1883) and A Florentine Tragedy (1894)

    University essay from Stockholms universitet/Engelska institutionen

    Author : Minon Weber; [2020]
    Keywords : Oscar Wilde; Victorian Literature; Drama; Theatre; 19th Century Literature; Renaissance Drama; Theatre; Elizabethan Drama; Jacobean Drama; A Florentine Tragedy; The Duchess of Padua; Wilde; Wilde Studies; Transgression; Feminist Criticism; Historicist Criticism; Genetic Criticism;

    Abstract : Towards the end of the 19th century Oscar Wilde wrote the four society plays that would become his most famous dramatical works: Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). The plays combined characteristic Wildean witticisms with cunning social criticism of Victorian society, using stereotypical characters such as the dandy, the fallen woman and the “ideal” woman to mock the double moral and strict social expectations of Victorian society. READ MORE

  4. 4. The Immortal Life and Immoral Values of Dorian Gray : A Study of Immortality and Immoral Behavior in The Picture of Dorian Gray

    University essay from Högskolan i Gävle/Engelska

    Author : Martina Edsman; [2018]
    Keywords : Immortality; Immorality; Dorian Gray; Oscar Wilde;

    Abstract : 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. READ MORE

  5. 5. Beautiful corruption: the portrayal of beauty in The picture of Dorian Gray and Lady Audley's secret

    University essay from Lunds universitet/Engelska

    Author : Karoline Müller; [2017]
    Keywords : Lady Audley’s Secret; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Fiction; 19th century; beauty; corruption; Oscar Wilde; Elizabeth Braddon; Languages and Literatures;

    Abstract : The novels Lady Audley’s Secret and The Picture of Dorian Gray both feature a beautiful but corrupted character as protagonist, the corruption of whom only gets revealed slowly to the reader while the fascination for the characters’ beauty is vanishing. This essay is investigating how this beauty is used in the two novels respectively and gives a general overview of contemporary readers’ perception of characters, based on 19th-century novels and reviews of the time. READ MORE