Oscar Wilde and the Brazilian Fashion of Intimate Cirurgy

I´ve read The Picture of Dorian Gray when I was 19 years old, at the same time with Anna Karenina of Liev Tolstoi and I must say: these two novels changed my life and  dropped me form Law’s School into Literature Graduation and eventually my XIX Century Mastery. And I do not regret one single choice I did in those years of my thoughtful youth. Now, reading it again at 29, I see so much wonder and skill in Wilde´s novel I absolutely ask myself – How come so few people know this book?
The plot describes the physical pleasures and moral degradation of the main character, Dorian Gray but, unlike Christian Grey (yeah, EL James reportedly did not read Marquis du Sade but must have given a peek or two in Wilde’ s masterpiece for sure) his sick mind and memories of child abbuse drive him to insanity, aching regrets (specially concerning his first female sweetheart, pretty Sybil Vane) and a murder, more precisely, he kills the very painter of the portrait that maintains his youth, aging and changing into ugliness accordding to his vices and bad deeds.
This novel presents many themes I particularly love to see portraited, for example:
1) How sad it is for an human being to be driven to beleive he has nothing more to offer to the world than his aesthetical appearence and good looks. In Brazil, we are watching a freak show every day in TV in which cebs proudly are glad to share that they have made intimate cirurgy and silicon implants. I mean, is that all you´ve got? Do you really need to keep things going through this? How terrifying.
2) The fact that people that were abbused often think the world ownes them something, as a reparation. And the different forms of atonement usually include sex and money. Dorian thinks he does not need to stay in line, forst, because he has already suffered, second, because he will never show his crimes, third, because he shall never die.
3) What would you do if you had the entire freedom? The idea of being given such a gift (or curse) leads mankind to crime, deceit, vice, and what is worst: the final tedious. By the end of the novel, Dorian is tired, everything is old, everyone is hideous. He must die to see new things, as he´s seen it all already. That means, Nature is s much wiser than us.

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