Ce travail propose une réflexion sur le thème de l'art et de la vie dans le roman The Picture of Dorian Gray d'Oscar Wilde. Comment ces deux concepts interagissent-ils tout au long du livre? Quels rapports les personnages entretiennent-ils avec l'art? L'art est-il plus important que leur vie? Peut-on dissocier les deux?
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I) Art is distinct from reality
II) How characters confuse/play with art and life
A. All the characters confuse both spheres, either
by expecting life to be like art, or art to be like life.
B. Lord Henry loves drama in life and constantly
watches life as a work of art
III) Art is superior to reality
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[...] However the picture remains intact; has survived to all the ugly things that life and time imposed and is the only ?character? who goes back in time (at the beginning beautiful like a young boy, then grows old but at the end becomes again as beautiful as at the beginning of life.) And, being the only real work of art, thus Art is superior to life. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a celebration of art and a criticism of life: the characters all die, become old or decadent. The picture has become ugly because of Dorian's decadent life but the fact that at the end it becomes as beautiful as at the beginning proves that it has never really lost its beauty. Dorian's life was hiding the picture's beauty but when he frees the picture by his own death his portrait regains it. [...]
[...] Lord Henry is fascinated by his work of art: Dorian. The real Dorian only imitates Lord Henry who is the creator, the real artist of the play. Lord Henry is not a murderer: Dorian is. Dorian imitates Henry but he misinterprets the ideas, he has no taste. [ ] The whole book is an allegory, a metaphor of art. All the characters' experiences are told to prove art's superiority over nature and reality. The characters' life is used to show Wilde's opinions on the subject. [...]
[...] Sibyl's death is not a real death but the metaphorical death of her talent and of art as a concept. Sybil's love provokes a state of self-awareness. She realizes that the stage is not real. ?Before I knew you, acting was the one reality of my life. It was only in the theatre that I lived. I thought that it was all true.?(p.84) Now that she knows what love is, acting seems fake to her. Her fault is to expect life to be like art. [...]
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Martyna D.étudianteLittératureArt and Life in The Picture of Dorian Gray