Dorian sits for several portraits, and Basil often depicts him as an ancient Greek hero or a mythological figure. When the novel opens, the artist is completing his first portrait of Dorian as he truly is, but, as he admits to his friend Lord Henry Wotton, the painting disappoints him because it reveals too much of his feeling for his subject. Dorian arrives at the studio, and Basil reluctantly introduces him to Lord Henry, who he fears will have a damaging influence on the impressionable, young Dorian.
Plot[ edit ] It is London, Dorian Gray Hurd Hatfield is a handsome and wealthy young man. While generally intelligent, he is naive and easily manipulated. These faults lead to his spiral into sin and ultimate misery. The cynical but witty Wotton persuades Gray the only worthwhile life is dedicated to pleasure, because "what the gods give they quickly take away.
He makes the wish openly in the presence of an Egyptian cat statue with supposed mystical powers to grant wishes.
Dorian visits a tavern, where he falls in love with a beautiful singer named Sibyl Vane Angela Lansbury. He begins a romance with her, despite disapproval from Sibyl's brother James Richard Fraserand they are soon engaged. Though initially contented, Dorian is again persuaded by Lord Henry to pursue a more hedonistic lifestyle.
Dorian sends Sibyl a hurtful letter, ending their relationship and "compensating" her with a large payment in cash. The next morning, Gray finds his own face unchanged but the portrait has changed and "the lines of cruelty about the mouth were unmistakable.
Lord Henry arrives with news that a heartbroken Sibyl Vane killed herself the previous night, after receiving Dorian's dismissive letter. Gray is at first shocked and guilty but soon adopts Lord Henry's indifferent manner.
He surprises Hallward by going to the opera that evening.
Gray has the portrait locked away in his old school room and disguises its location by firing servants who moved the painting. He becomes even more dedicated to a sinful and heartless life.
Years later, Dorian Gray is forty but looks twenty-two, unchanged from when Hallward painted the portrait. London society is awestruck at his unchanging appearance. Over eighteen years of pointless debauchery, the portrait has remained locked away, with Gray holding the only key. Gray has become paranoid no others see the portrait and he repeatedly fires servants who are too inquisitive.
Over the years, the portrait of the young, handsome, Dorian Gray has warped into a hideous, demon-like creature reflecting Dorian's sins. Basil Hallward, the painter, eventually sees his painting. Shocked at its disfigurement, scarred "as if some moral leprosy was eating him away", Hallward encourages Gray to reform his life.
However, Gray panics, murders his friend and seals his body in the school room next to the portrait.The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dover Thrift Editions) and millions of other books are available for instant access.
Kindle | Audible Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App/5(3K). The Picture of Dorian Gray Quotes Showing of 1, “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray could also be titled A Portrait of the Human Soul, for in his dark and tragic commentary Oscar Wilde spares no liberties in discussing morality, religion, society and the depths of the human condition. It is a deeply moving and inspired novel centering around the defining power of art/5(K).
Mar 03, · Dorian Gray leaves Sibyl and travels abroad and when he returns to London, Lord Henry tells him that Sibyl committed suicide for love. Along the years, Dorian's friends age while he is still the same, but his picture /10(K).
Mar 03, · Dorian Gray leaves Sibyl and travels abroad and when he returns to London, Lord Henry tells him that Sibyl committed suicide for love.
Along the years, Dorian's friends age while he is still the same, but his picture discloses his evilness and corruptive life/10(K). The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only published novel by Oscar Wilde.
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