Sexism in Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray: Linguistic Analysis

Abstract

This paper differentiates as a first step between the terms sexism, gender, and sexuality. It deals with the sexist language used by Oscar Wilde in writing his famous novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. This literary work is analysed according to Sara Mills model suggested in her book Sexism and Language. This model falls into three levels: Overt sexism, Indirect sexism, and Discourse analysis level. Only two of these levels have been adopted in the present paper that are: Overt sexism level and Discourse analysis level.