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Трагедията на портрета и драмата на човека (по Оскар Уайлд)
The Tragedy of a Portrait and the Drama of a Man (after Oscar Wilde)

Author(s): Ivanka Stapova
Subject(s): Philosophy, Psychology, Aesthetics, Novel
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН
Keywords: beauty; portrait; split personality; Dorian Gray; temptation

Summary/Abstract: The article is focused on the dramatic relation between a man and his portrait. In Oscar Wilde’s novel, the portrait plays a leading and decisive role as the objectification of conscience. In the name of beauty and youth impervious to time, a moral transfer of the human conscience is made. Instead of serving as an essential component in Dorian’s life, conscience is translated outside, to the portrait. The drama begins when the portrait begins to live the vice-ridden life of the literary character, while the latter remains eternally young and handsome...

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 170-181
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English, Bulgarian