Need online help The Picture of Dorian Gray: Exploring the Many Facets of Masculinity

There are three main male characters in this novel: Basil, Dorian Gray, and Lord Henry. Each character represents a distinct version of masculinity in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, yet all are struggling, to a greater or lesser extent, to reconcile their versions of masculinity with the social norm. Explore each of these three types of masculinity by comparing and contrasting them, or by identifying how they influence one another. Do any of these three characters represent a male ideal? It is also worth considering how Wilde’s male characters fit into their sociohistorical context. The Victorian era was deeply preoccupied with traditional gender roles. What might Wilde want to say by challenging those traditional roles as he does?

Asked on 26.05.2017 in English Literature.
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