Seminar paper from the year 2014 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Comparative Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Flensburg (Anglistik), course: Literature Proseminar, language: English, abstract: The general task of this paper is to give a text analysis of the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray written by Oscar Wilde, which was first published in July 1890. The novel has a Faustian character and deals overall with the loss of innocence and the corruption of the soul, morals and influences and beauty and art as such. These themes are embedded in the superficiality and decadence of the late Victorian era in England, the so-called fin de siècle or turn of the century. This paper strives to give an account of the role of the artist in the common and uncommon sense as a framework, which will be entangled with an account of the lifestyle led by the social class described concerning different phenomena. In order to do that dandyism, aestheticism and their possible actuator- Fin de siècle- will be regarded concerning the three key players of this novel, namely Basil Hallward, Lord Henry Wotton and Dorian Gray. What will be dealt with is whether the three characters embody artists, dandies, or aesthetics so that a subtle moral message can be found. Basil Hallward will be the first to be discussed in more depth since he is the artist in a common sense and the initial actor in the story who made the happenings possible. Afterwards, Henry Wotton will be of interest, especially in terms of dandyism, but also as an aesthete and an artist in the uncommon sense. Thirdly, Dorian Gray, the great aesthete of the novel, will be looked at from the given perspectives. Their perception of life will be dealt with, as far as that is possible given the novel's recesses. In the end the paper is offering an evaluation whether The Picture of Dorian Gray offers the reader any morals contradictory to the Preface. This work is refraining from discussing other characters in great depth, as this paper should only conduct the three main characters' contemporary ideologies of the late 19th century. There are certainly characters that are interesting concerning morals but that would break the mould of a ten-page paper. Another aspect, which is to be omitted, is the role of women in the story because females rarely play any role in the novel. Sibyl Vane, for instance, functioned almost only to initially reveal Dorian's great passion for beauty and art and subsequently show the truly evil and recklessness inside of him.