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The life of Oscar Wile as viewed today was seen on the surface level as just another one of the many writers of the past that followed the idea of writing what they believed in. This is true for this individual in many ways back then as much as it is today. This man’s story was having the ultimate challenge of the time: being a homosexual Irish man living in a taboo lifestyle of writing about the joys of sensual love and pleasure in his writings. This along with his imprisonment for homosexuality was a particularly tragic end for an artist who believed of the idea of expression and to be one’s self. Since his passing, many books and stories have been written on Oscar Wilde, reflecting on the life and many contributions of this unconventional author since his sudden death over a hundred years ago. A celebrity in his own time, Wilde’s powerful and indelible influence will remain as strong as ever and keep audiences captivated in thought and perpetuity. His life and his actions are held in his writings even still to this day in his book The Picture of Dorian Gray. Oscar’s perspective on society was that of being seen mostly as an outsider. During this time period, the idea of homosexuality and ideas of pleasure were often viewed as a taboo and not to be discussed out in public let alone published writings. Wilde established himself as a leading proponent of the aesthetic movement, a theory of art and literature that emphasized the pursuit of beauty for its own sake, rather than to promote any political or social viewpoint. Society at the time.  Research shows that the start of Oscar’s life in Oxford, he was an ordinary writer that had won the school’s prize for the top classics student for being an undergraduate. His early writings were not viewed as anything extortionary, but were seen not as anything profane but as standard writings. (Sander 12). This point he was viewed as individual who has expressed his writing with nothing too far out of the standards. This changes with later in his life as his inner thoughts and actions taken from his life into his writings. but was still himself. Oscar’s view of the social elite and the structure of the people of the high life being that of them holding against the idea of the freedom of discussing what was considered to be ‘private talk’ as quoted with Oscar calling them “What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” (Wilde). This perspective follows into the line of how in The Picture of Dorian Gray, the Character of Dorian Gray could be reflected of what Oscar could be saying both with himself and against with his desire to go against what society thinks of the norms.