There’s a reason why some readers abstain themselves from classical literature. The English Language might have changed very little since Shakespeare graced it with his genius, yet the way we communicate – such as the meaning and the manner in which the writer construct sentences – has been significantly altered. The peculiarity of Oscar Wilde might reside in the prose he so eloquently produces: vibrantly rich text that is capable of being understood by the modern Man.
In the Picture of Dorian Gray”, every single aspect of the narrative resonates profoundly with its reader: from the love story between Gray and his enamored seventeen-year-old girl, to the preternatural dialogues between Basil and his muse. Even at its elitist core, the book can only be condoned of presenting itself as a poignant endeavor into the human condition – eternal at its essence.
Stephen Fry, a prominent intellectual and public figure in Britain, once defined Oscar Wilde as one of the very few Lords of the English language. Having explored the world of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, I can only concur to such brilliant observation. His prescience and clairvoyance might be something necessary in every artist, if his ultimate goal is to convey a message that perseveres the raucous test of time.