As Lord Henry says… Mazlyn Ortiz Pd. 5 In the book The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, “Prince Paradox” according to Dorian or simply Lord Henry mentors and encourages Dorian to live a life devoted to nothing but pleasure. The impact Lord Henry haves on Dorian gave him a whole new perspective on life when it comes to women, money, and everyday life decisions. Overall the purpose of Lord Henry and his aphorism somewhat shifted Dorian’s opinions on life and led him to a tragic life in the end.
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However the aphorism also shows a purpose of forcing readers to step out of their views and think about what these saying actually meant, making the reader think and wanting to know more. “…There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about,” Lord Henry states to Basil who no longer seeks the hype of having a reputation as an artist. In this aphorism, Lord Henry tries to explain to Basil that throwing away his reputation isn’t worth it.
As a human being, Lord Henry recognizes that the fame and such can all be overwhelming, especially when you start to hear whispers about you in the air. However when it comes down to it regardless of if the rumors are good or bad, most people crave for attention even when they claim they don’t. People for the most part feel like they have somewhat accomplished something by being highly recognize within the community. It is almost like a natural feeling that runs through every person. No one wants to be a deadbeat and to be spoken nothing of because no one wants to feel alone and invisible. Beauty is the wonder of all wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearance,” Lord Henry quotes at his first meeting with Dorian Gray. Most people, especially people who live in our day and age would first skim across this aphorism shaking their head in disagreement. However, something readers can receive from this saying is that the human race is so caught up in trying to figure out the deeper, unseen mystery hey are unknown of when they haven’t even figured the mystery right in front of them. In this case, Lord Henry represents beauty as something that is there but we are not to look too deep into that because they claim it is who they are as a person to judge. But when you first meet someone their beauty is all to be seen and for the most part, people will judge you by the way you look.
One wouldn’t go up to an ugly homeless man to figure out who he is as a person first, but shall go to the young, good looking man first because his beauty makes one thirsty for more. Although this is not something people enjoy admitting, all people have the mystery of beauties caught in their heads. People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves…” Lord Henry says caught up in another conversation with Mr. Gray. Compared to most of Lord Henry’s aphorism, this one is more lighthearted. The purpose this line serve was to bring the thought that whenever people give back to others, it is mainly influence by the motives of what that person really needs or needed to get where they are today. A prime example would be found in a relationship between a parent and a child. Most parents try to give the right amount of love and affection toward their children to get their love in return.
This is later described as the depth of generosity. Another example of where this can be seen is when comparing a rich man who started from the bottom and a rich man who lived their entire life being rich, most likely the rich man who started from the bottom will be the one giving back and giving money to charities because they once need such support and perhaps got the support they needed to get where they are today. They want to be able to share the fact that they brought someone just like themselves back on their feet and rising into someone successful.