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Grant-King 1 Jahlen Grant-King Mrs. Kirby AP Literature and Composition 11 March 2018 In Oscar Wilde’s play, The Picture of Dorian Gray , the playwright uses techniques such as an abundance of imagery and acute characterization- through dialogue and contrasting character archetypes- in order to sway the audience’s reactions in regards to the main characters and their actions. For the play, there is a heavy reliance on the characters’ understandings and conceptions of beauty; whether it be physical beauty or a more abstract sense, the idea of beauty is continuously prevalent throughout the play’s narrative and has even been bluntly personified as the character, Dorian Gray. Through characterization and imagery, the playwright is able to shock the audience with Dorian Gray’s drastic shift from a beautifully innocent creature to a repeated murderer. The reaction oriented from the conversion from Dorian’s innocent facade to a deranged killer was only proven to be possible due to Wilde’s successful usage of the devices. As previously mentioned, the play primarily centers around the theory of beauty and dissects this ideology. Throughout the play, imagery is found and used to orchestrate not only a shift in the play’s tone and scenery but also a shift in Dorian’s character archetype. For example, in the earlier sections of the play, the scenery described is usually something that embodies
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