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In the book The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde there is a character named Lord Henry Wotton He is the storys antagonist and whom critics often think most resembles Oscar Wilde Wilde remarks Basil Hallward is what I think I am Lord Henry what the world thinks of me Dorian what I would like to be-in other ages perhaps Within the preface of The Picture Of Dorian Gray there lie the lines Those who go beneath the symbol do so at their peril Those who read the symbol do so at their own peril From Wildes statement we can assume that there is a part of Wilde represented in each of the main characters but how they represent him is up for the reader to decide According to Wildes statement he believes that Basil Hallward best represents him Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are cultivated Both Wilde and Basil are artists who like to explore all forms of beauty Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist not the sitter The sitter is merely the accident the occasion It is not he who is revealed by the painter it is rather the painter who on the coloured canvas reveals himself The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul 23 Throughout the book it is easily seen that Basil has an interest for Dorian There are some homosexual characteristics in Basil but he is restricted by the Victorian society to ever act upon it In this way Oscar Wilde is represented in the character Basil Hallward According to critics Lord Henry Wotton most closely represents Wildes character Critics see Wildes appreciation for all kinds of art as a form of Hedonism The body sins once and has done with its sin for action is a mode of purification Hedonism
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