Dorian Gray: How does Dorian stack up against Wilde's other work?
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I remember reading his fairy tales when I was about 10 (a time when I knew nothing about Wilde) and sobbing through them. I still think they're quite beautiful because they tap into the deep pathos of characters who are marginalized or misunderstood (and Wilde himself would know about that). There seems to be great understanding and kindness in those stories. Some are even overtly religious ("The Selfish Giant" and "The Happy Prince") and express the desire for redemption and resurrection.
"Dorian Gray" has always struck me as a paradox. It's grouped with decadent literature and it deals with decadent characters ... and yet the story seems ultimately to condemn the decadent view of life that Dorian and Lord Henry pursue.
Here's an interesting paper that sheds some light on that paradox. http://www.bu.edu/writingprogram/journal/past-issues/issue-1/duggan/
Oscar was always a better man than he wanted anyone to know.
Interesting observations on the paradox of Dorian Gray (and of Wilde himself).