ENGA10: LECTURE 3
The word self becomes the most hyphenated word – we are not sure who we are anymore
Positive connotations of self are hyphenated – this is the self that can move forward, it
makes progress, has positive energy
Negative connotations of self
These two connotations either amplifies your sense of self or threatens your sense of self
The problem: nobody really knows other people
Lord Henry “stay young and handsome or no one will care for you” – Dorian panics and he
just wants to stay young. When Dorian meets Sibyl, he loves her because she makes him feel
young and good.
We obsess over the hyphenated words
Global positioning system – technology is a form of disenchantment, the GPS is advertised
as a form of a pocket God. But GPS or GPA can’t answer the fundamentals of life. Our
sense of self security has been dependant on technology.
We also have a vast market for cosmetics – there is this deodorant called “sure”. What kind
of person are we when we are stuck in closed borders and how do you want to be perceived?
Not sure comic – we need to focus on our self. While are soul is our GPS, our conscience is
what tells that we’ve done wrong, gone the wrong path. A sin leaves a mark on our soul.
There is no way to unmark your soul except through penance, prayer, etc. But what if there
is no soul?
The word soul appears over 70 times in Dorian Gray. All about the relationship between the
self that is so unsure, and the soul, and the self that is so unsure. What is the self is what the
book is trying to figure out. It’s about how the outside affects the inside. Dorian has 5
interactions with other that might challenge his exterior and the sense of himself. But Dorian
will not allow them to affect them and he chooses to ignore them.
Dorian chooses not to feel to be comfortably numb.
To become comfortably numb, you’re going to have to consume opium which is what
Basil is disgusted by the picture
He is praying to his faulty beliefs syste