Picture of Dorian Gray Essay - English Ms Choi Perfect Use of an Imperfect Medium An epigram from the preface of Oscar Wildes Dorian Gray The moral life

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English Ms. Choi 4/10/10 Perfect Use of an Imperfect Medium An epigram from the preface of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray; “The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium” represents much of the aesthetic movement in respect to rebelling against traditional values of art being moral and in turn creating art through something quite useless or immoral. This epigram embodies the values of the aesthetic movement as it describes how art is not derived from the morals of a man but through the use of an imperfect medium which in this case, is beauty. Wilde develops this epigram and its theme throughout his novel in an established artist, Basil Hallward. Basil confesses about Dorian Gray’s effect on his art; “his personality has suggested to me an entirely new manner in art, an entirely new mode of style” (14). Dorian’s

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