The Sensation Of Morality : Oscar Wilde 's The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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The Sensation of Morality Modern day culture is filled with clichés to “live in the moment,” to “follow your gut,” and to be guided by your senses. To act only by the senses means to live without burdens of society: obligations to be “good,” fear of regret, or logic and reason. Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, embodies this concept and shows how living by the senses is pleasurable until the temptations are taken too far. Oscar writes that, “There are moments, psychologists tell us, when the passion for sin, or what the world calls sin, so dominates a nature, that every fibre of the body, as every cell of the brain, seems to be instinct with fearful impulses” (Wilde 158). To seek sensation is to live out your passions, but behind every pleasure is the birth of sin. Sensations are uncontrollable, so without morality to act as guide, every sinful temptation will be acted out. The manifestation of Dorian Gray’s portrait is the root of his corruption. Once Dorian sees the painting for the first time, he realizes how important, yet temporary, his beauty is. To Dorian, his beauty is his identity, and without it, he is nothing. Because of this, Dorian envies the painting for its eternal beauty, and exclaims that he would “give [his] soul” to stay young while the picture “[grows] old” (Wilde 25). From this moment on, the painting of Dorian represents everything “old, horrible, and dreadful” that Dorian experiences (Wilde 25). He is able to retain his shield that is…

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