Review | The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Love yourself!

I think, that is what is supposed to be the priority of this month. We all go through so much everyday, and in between all that routine we forget to love ourselves. But self-love is important for one’s own well-being and happiness. It is all about viewing yourself as essentially worthy, good, valuable, and deserving of happiness.

But what happens when you love yourself a little too much?

Oscar Wilde explores many different types of love within his novel. The most significant form shown is self-love. We see blatant narcissism in the protagonist cum antagonist of the story Dorian Gray. Dorian’s aesthetic beauty is expressed very early on in the book and this becomes the object of everyone’s, including his owns, fascination. Eventually, Dorian becomes arrogant and starts to feel that with a face like his he deserves nothing but praises and admiration. And, this arrogance is eventually his downfall.

I absolutely loved this book. I savored the wittiness of the dialogue. The corrupted characters felt like real people. This was one of the most quotable books that I have ever read. I wanted to soak in every word.

Somewhere, in the time of endless selfies, we are all Dorian Gray. We love the version of what we see in our filtered front camera. We want to believe that what we see in a selfie should be captured for a lifetime!

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