Kovyazina A.N. The Role of Antique Allusions in O. Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
The English literature of the end of the 19th century reflected symbolist ideas, especially those increasing the interest in ancient myths and legends. In the novel by Oscar Wilde the ancient plots woven into the narration get new interpretation and create an image of the protagonist Dorian Gray, whose name symbolizes blooming youth and divine beauty in European culture and indirectly expresses the author’s ethic views.
Oscar Wilde, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, ancient allusions, image, symbolism, aestheticism