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Author Study: Oscar Wilde Curated by Emily Liu '23: Moral and Value

Moral and Value in The Nightingale and The Rose

Selfless actions seem astonishing in the current world

The student said nightingale “would not sacrifice herself to others”, in Wilde’s world, most people view selfless actions as something rather astonishing because it barely exists anymore.

Moral and Value in The Picture of Dorian Gray

Beauty doesn’t always come with morality.

As Dorian Gray remained his beauty, he somehow slowly lost his morality. Through out the novel, Dorian Gray was able to stay in his use as the magic painting slowly become tainted and rot. The painting represents Dorian Gray’s morality when he was first introduced to the artist. During that time, he was beautiful and kind. But as time passes, Dorian lost his kind nature, become a cruel person, that’s when the painting starts to rot and decay.

Moral and Value in The Canterville Ghost

Good nature in humans can concur sins

Virginia’s kindness nature has over come the sin committed by the ghost long time ago. This shows that a person with a kind heart is stronger than deadly sins.

People with modernized views sometimes failed to attach with tradition

The ghost’s blood stain represents the past of Canterville. While some characters in the story (such as Virginia and Mrs. Umney) noticed and respected the blood-stain, the rest of the Otis family doesn’t because they failed to attach with the past represent by the blood stain due to their modern views.

Moral and Value in De Profundis

The unbearable shame cause a person suffer from compunction

Oscar Wilde suffered from shame he received after his trail. Yet in De Profundis, he thinks that due to Douglas’s callous actions and ungrateful nature, Douglas should also be ashamed because of those act. Wilde view shame as a sign of how a person realized their mistakes and therefore are able to correct those mistakes in the future.

Moral and Value in A Woman of No Importance

What a person did wrong before is something a person cannot runaway and avoid from.

The play mentioned dishonesty and sin through out the conversation between Hester and other female characters. In the play, it discussed whether a person should bear and carry their sin/wrongs through out their entire life.