Lord Henry, essentially, is the force that drives the very easily impressed Dorian to his downfall of a corrupt double life. To begin with, he himself possesses a very persistent and influential character that enthrals Dorian to follow in his footsteps, corrupting the boy’s view of himself and changing his perspective on the world completely. In...
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...ll cannot overlook the behaviour of the more mature Lord Henry to impose such heavy impact onto the young wondrous Dorian, it falls onto Dorian himself to bring his own downfall. By the end of the novel, it is clear that it was in fact Dorian’s ignorance of the wise advice of his less exciting yet true friend Basil, vulnerability and childish eagerness to be so modified by Lord Henry but above all society's mark on the once pure natured boy eager to discover the dark secrets of life. The novel illustrates what Wilde originally seekes as his immoral ideal, an ideal he ultimately envisioned in the essay “The Soul of Man under Socialism,” where he puts forward his own theory of the true meaning of Individualism: the perfection of one individual lies on the perfection of society as one big unit, or else we will be subject to corruption by the monsters under our own bed.
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