Victorian Prose Paper II

Victorian Prose Paper II - Victorian Prose Paper II To Go...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Victorian Prose Paper II: To Go Beneath the Surface At One’s Own Peril Brittain Gilliland The two works I have chosen, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Rudyard Kipling’s Kim, differ in their treatment of aesthetic beauty. The Picture of Dorian Gray emphasizes the importance of aesthetic beauty, to the exclusion of other aspects of beauty. Kim, while bringing attention to beautiful things, contains a philosophy that denies the ultimate value of visually pleasing things. The epigrams at the beginning of The Picture of Dorian Grey state explicitly a frame or theory for the appreciation of beautiful things. One epigram states that those who see beauty, and only beauty, in beautiful things “are cultivated”, and “the elect.” (Wilde 3) The importance of only seeing the surface, or purely aesthetic aspect, of beautiful things is emphasized by the warning that those who attempt further analysis or deconstruction of the thing in question “do so at their own peril.” (Wilde 4) Applying these ideas to the novel, we are encouraged to look at its value as a work of art without analyzing further. To appreciate the beauty of the novel according to the epigrams of the preface would refer to noting things such as the rhythms of the prose, the images evoked by descriptive passages, the tone of a paragraph. This goal is hindered by several factors. The most important is the reality
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course ENG 370 taught by Professor Hoad during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

Page1 / 5

Victorian Prose Paper II - Victorian Prose Paper II To Go...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online