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In Oscar Wildes The Picture of Dorian Gray Wilde uses many historical concepts in his novel three of them being Theatre Art and Literature While some of these concepts were used to progress the story others were used to influence the story itself Wilde uses Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and his own view of art to develop the story Along with using his theme there is strong circumstantial evidence to suggest that Wildes novel was in fact inspired if not a spin off off Robert Stevensons novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Oscar Wildes use of Shakespeare not only foreshadowed things to come it also allowed a slow progression of the plot For example one of the many themes portrayed in the novel is Sibyls portrayal of Juliet from Shakespeares tragedy Romeo and Juliet foreshadowing the doomed nature of Sibyls relationship with Dorian Gray Spark notes NA Another example of Wilde using Shakespeare for the plot to progress was the description of Sybil But Juliet Harry imagine a girl hardly seventeen years of age with a little flowerlike face a small Greek head with plaited coils of dark-brown hair eyes that were violet wells of passion lips that were like the petals of a rose She was the loveliest thing I had ever seen in my life 37 This shows that Sybil is constructed as Juliet which allows the plot to progress Another example is They waited some time for her but she did not come down again They ultimately found her lying dead on the floor of her dressing room She had swallowed something by mistake some dreadful thing they use at theatres 72 Similarly to Romeo and Juliet Romeo learns only of Juliets death and decides to kill himself rather than live without her He buys a vial of poison from a reluctant Apothecary then speeds back to Verona to take his own life at Juliets tomb Spark Notes NA As you can
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