Essay on The Picture of Dorian Gray help: The theme of external uprightness accompanied
The theme of external uprightness accompanied by internal corruption appears often in the nineteenth century. Two examples are Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Compare and contrast the treatment of this theme in the two novels. Do both authors treat the causes and consequences of inner corruption in the same way? What conclusions may be drawn from the differences? Remember that the first book was written forty years before the second one.