Essay on The Picture of Dorian Gray help: Victorian Englishmen often took
Victorian Englishmen often took seriously the “science” of physiognomy – the idea that a person’s traits could be read by observing his bodily, and especially facial, features. To what extent is this concept central to the plot of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? To what extent is it undermined by Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray? To what extent do people act on such assumptions today, though they would openly disavow such unscientific thinking?