The Portrayal of Beauty in The Picture of Dorian Gray and Cantik Itu Luka A Comparative Study

Syukrianto, Ristan Taufiq and Pramono, Robertus Edi Pramono (2022) The Portrayal of Beauty in The Picture of Dorian Gray and Cantik Itu Luka A Comparative Study. Skripsi thesis, Universitas Teknologi Yogyakarta.

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Beauty is generally understood as a positive quality. However, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Cantik Itu Luka place beauty as the main cause of problems in the stories. Considering the similar idea that disputes the common understanding of beauty, this study aims to analyze the portrayal of beauty in the novels. The first objective is to discuss the positive portrayal of beauty. The second objective aims to discuss the negative portrayal of beauty. The third objective aims to find out the affinities and differences in the portrayal of beauty. It is descriptive qualitative research, and the writer adopts the objective theory and comparative literary study. This study is conducted by employing library research method. To collect the data, the writer uses reading and note-taking techniques. This study finds that the positive portrayal of beauty is socially constructed through beautiful physical bodies, positive assumptions, pleasure, and metaphors for beautiful characters and things. In the negative portrayal, the novels view beauty psychologically and socially as a curse, an encouragement to negative deeds, and a source of conflicts. The affinity in the novels is the idea that beauty may become positive and negative depending on the contexts. The differences between them are the main characters’ genders, the main characters’ perceptions on beauty, the textual references, and the plot developments. Thus, the novels suggest a shared and universal idea that beauty is an entity with two contradictory sides. Beauty is considered as both a blessing and a calamity.

Item Type: Thesis (Skripsi, Tugas Akhir or Kerja Praktek) (Skripsi)
Uncontrolled Keywords: comparative literature, negative portrayal of beauty, positive portrayal of beauty
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Fakultas Humaniora > S1 Bahasa Inggris
Depositing User: Kaprodi S1 Bahasa Inggris UTY
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2022 03:09
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2022 03:09

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