Lord Henrys Characterisation in chapters 1-4 Lord Henry’s character is perhaps the most prominent in the unique, working as the one of the prime factors to Dorian’s corruption. In chapter 1, Basil pleas Wotton to keep away from Dorian as not to “spoil him”, then, after a time out states, “mind harry, I trust you”. Basil feels these words have actually been “… wrung out of him nearly versus his will”; this portrays Lord Henry’s power in impact as Lord Henry has actually gotten his method without so much as a word.
We know Dorian is awfully essential to Basil, as we understand, he is definitely fixated “he is all my art to me now”. If Lord Henry threatened, why would Basil allow him to consult with Dorian? This is since Basil is powerless in the feat of Lord Henry’s manipulative powers. Lord Henry is worldly, experienced and speaks to conviction., he is confident in his words and is self-assured. His declarations are appreciated and are rarely challenged, even in his social group of discovered aristocrats he is highly respected.
From the first page Lord Henry utilizes complicated figures of speech and never ever misses a chance to show his wit. His discussions are constantly filled with a great amount of puns, wordplay and paradox’s -“there is just one thing worse than being talked about which is not being talked about” Sometimes it appears he is speaking in riddles, adding to his appeal and mysteriousness that captures the reader.
He is an artist of language and skillfully utilizes his art to try out individuals, this is clear in the special advancement of his thinking up an idea displayed in “he played with the idea, and grew wistful; tossed it into the air and transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it (page 42)” the actual attention to detail in his concepts along with his thorough deliberation, convey what offers him such confidence and power. Lord Henrys views are generally thought about unethical, but, through his eloquent speech and his thoughtful discussion of dialogue the reader, it appears affordable to consider his impressive, seemingly well argued viewpoints.
This assists us to comprehend Lord Henry’s ease and capability in the corruption of Dorian. His intelligence diverts from his manipulative nature and bad intents. He knows his power and makes his own rules, the only person that really can penetrate him is himself. He declines to recognize ethical standard. He is an extreme asthete and worths looks highly over intelligence picking his good friends for “excellent looks” and his enemies “for their intelligences”. Relative to this, he is enthralled by Dorians great appearances and calls him “lovely”.
He is likewise amazed by Dorian however unlike Basil, see’s him as an experiment and looks for to have fun with him. Lord Henry states at one point “I like individuals better than principles” displaying his absence of morals and his shallow nature. He even believes “intelligence ruins beauty” which might potentially be self loathing or could be a fascination with the stated value of people, that can be linked to the beginning in that art is to be appreciated and not read beyond how it appears.