To be on display is to have the surface of one’s own skin, the hairs of one’s own body, turned into a disguise whish, in that situation, can never be discarded. (54) In Berger’s Ways of Seeing , he describes a relationship between a surveyor and the surveyed. According to him, the surveyor is always watching and judging the surveyed, while the surveyed is constantly aware of the fact that they are being watched. In Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray , Dorian Gray and Lord Henry have the relationship described by Berger, where Lord Henry is the surveyor and Dorian is the surveyed. Lord Henry essentially molds Dorian into the man he becomes in the novel, causing the two to have an indivisible bond and exemplifying Lord Henry’s power over Dorian as the surveyor. In the average European oil painting of the nude the principal protagonist is never painted. He is the spectator in front of the picture and he is presumed to be a man. Everything is addressed to him. Everything must appear as the result of him being there. (54)
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