Capturing the Lord Gray and their morality Jude Grant Humanities p.3A

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is a novel that takes place in the late 1800's. A man named Dorian Gray who is a very affluent, handsome, young man who has a painting created by an artist named Basil and becomes so obsessed over staying young he mentions selling his soul for his own physical appearance. As Dorian has the pull toward sin and vanity, his beautiful painting becomes distorted, but he stays beautiful. The painting becomes so distorted, that Dorian reflects on his own self and how the picture looks like his life, so he kills himself. The painting returns to its prolific self, but Dorian Gray lays there, as ugly as he was.

The Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding takes place on a desert island where only children inhabit the island. The kids mysteriously crash land there and are faced with creating a sort of governing body, dealing with their fears, and self preservation.

Self Perversion

Both novels have very strong moral views. Dorian Gray and Jack both decide to walk down the path of corruption. Similarly, the two characters are naturally bold. Dorian, in the way that he can effortlessly gain attention with his affluent and glorious nature. Jack is very bold and can possess a crowd with his forceful grasp at power.

This is how Dorian Gray could captivate people so effortlessly. (P. 19 Wilde)
Jack showing his dominating power (p.150 Golding)

Jack and Dorian are both trail blazers in their specialized fields in the novel. Both of them go down the wrong path.

Throughout Dorian's story, his mistakes are shown through symbolism with his painting done by Basil. Similarly, Jack starts showing his walk down his path of self torment when he paints his face. both of them end up trapped, painted in their sins with no way out.

(P. 119 Wilde)
(p. 69 Golding)

challenging the squire

Basil is the main supporting role to Dorian, which is just what Simon is to Jack, Ralph and Piggy from Lord of the Flies. Basil created Dorians' impeccable portrait. He is responsible for being Dorian's voice of reason. Simon, was the one who found out what the monster was. He pushed his way through the text with his kindness. He helps the weak and stays strong through the tough times.

Basil, a prominent artist who has just created his greatest masterpiece. He sees what it is doing to his model. He cannot do anything but see this may be his fault. In the book, art is viewed as a reflection on the artist and has very little to do with the model.

(P. 6 Wilde)

Simon uses his passive, and peaceful rhetoric to push his power. Unlike Jack, Simon does not make any grabs for power. If Simon was to truly campaign and attempt at a lead role, his character could govern the body of children. This is not Simon's dilemma, but the entirety of the group. Simon would be the strong moral figure that the group truly needs. Simon also has his own odd obsession with isolation. He pushes others away as if he thrives on his own thoughts. He even discovers what the beast is alone, and is killed for it.

This is one of the most crucial points in the story, and of course, Simon is alone. (P. 146 Golding)

The final act

This section will be on how Dorian and the kids handled their fate and what they have done to force this on themselves. 

Dorian Grey, a man who is blessed with his impeccable looks. But he is empty. Every time he views his painting, he is reminded how horrid and disgusting he truly is. He feels himself losing control and facing his reality. He takes his life and does it to represent his pain. He stabs himself in the heart to show how much pain he was in. The only way he could take control of himself was to end his life. This is the story of Dorian Gray.

(p. 217 Wilde)
(P. 218 Wilde)

Ralph and Jack battle the dilemma of good versus evil. As Jack sets fire to the island, Ralph and his group are found and brought to safety. As Ralph and the officer talk, Ralph is reminded of his dear friends Piggy and Simon. These two stood by his side and died at his hands. He has accepted the role of Lord of the Flies, but is it worth the outcome?

(p. 202 Golding)
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Jude Grant


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