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Split personalityseems to become a popular theme for the Victorian writers as that in Robert Louis Stevensons Dr Jekyll and MrHyde One possible reason is that after the rise of the individualism Englishmen are attached to privacy so they recluse themselves Little by little they separate their lives into private and public life as Wemmick does in The Great Expectations In Wildes The Picture of Dorian Gray we can also see the doppelgnger motif in light of the discrepant outlook between the picture and Dorian himself In addition to the split- personality the picture also offers Dorian new perspectives on himself First of all the picture reveals to Dorian his own beauty and awakens his narcissism Therefore Dorian becomes a worshipper of his own image He also becomes another Faustian hero offering his own soul in search of eternal beauty Secondly after the murdering of Sibyl Vane Dorian notices a change in the picture thus the picture becomes a visible symbol of the degradation of sinthe ever-present sign of the ruin men brought upon their souls109 Finally the picture is also a reflection of Dorians self-loathing In this way the picture becomes the doppelganger of Dorianhis alter-ego When Dorian remains young and looks pure all the time the picture reflects the inside of Dorian who in fact is a cruel murderer When Dorian dies senile the picture of his looks pure to reflect Dorians repentance
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