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Aestheticism figures prominently in both The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock each work however has a specific paradigm Dorian Gray has aestheticism as the subjective merit of beauty independent of its reality whereas Prufrock has aestheticism as a sordid quality all too present within modern culture The drawing rooms of Prufrock are listless full of desultory imagery while in Dorian Gray they are alive the idle bandying of public art and popular philosophy becomes vivid a vehicle for wit The historical context of the works the background which is referenced throughout is the same while separated by several decades both works address cultures remarkably similar cultures in which high society is indulgent to the exclusion of realism Aestheticism in The Picture of Dorian Gray is an intellectual rejection of the contemporary realities of society From the beginning of Dorian Gray Lord Henry is identified as an intellectual by his linguistic virtuosity but only later is the full complexity of his character is revealed In his speeches he expresses strident viewpoints often revolting to common sensibilities but representative of aestheticism in that the aesthetic qualities are gained from the fascination and amusement of others at his artifice His viewpoints often contradict and rarely present practical criticism--indeed are not intended to--because they are thoroughly aesthetic Lord Henry falls within Oscar Wildes definition of art which is especially evident with his assurances to Dorian Gray where he repeats again and again the superiority of beauty and that Dorian Gray has an innocent face After all to find ugliness within beauty is according to Wilde to be corrupt Lord Henrys lifestyle is representative of the aesthetic movement he is both sincere and detached while speaking as if in conversation he sees himself talking inexorably and feels no conviction to the idea he is extrapolating but only to the matter of its saying The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock has the same
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