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The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel that
centers on Dorian Gray, a beautiful, yet susceptible young man who has recently inherited a fortune. The setting is London in the 1800s, better
known as the Victorian Age. At the beginning of the novel, we see Dorian
arrive in London where he quickly meets a friend named Basil Hallward. Basil, a painter becomes fixated on capturing
the beauty of Dorian through painting. This portrait of Dorian is set to be Basil’s
masterpiece. Next, Dorian meets another man named Lord
Henry who is almost the opposite of Basil. Lord Henry is completely transfixed on pleasure
seeking, and practices it while mocking those who attempt to alleviate human suffering. Lord Henry is a twisted person. He tells Dorian that he should enjoy his youth
and seek out all the pleasure he can. Lord Henry remarks to Dorian that although
he is beautiful now, it will all fade through time. When Basil finishes his portrait of Dorian,
it immediately begins to serve as a reminder that even though the painting of Dorian will
remain beautiful, Dorian himself will grow old and lose his youthful beauty. Having been influenced by Lord Henry, Dorian
makes the wish that the painting would bear the toll of time and sin instead of him. In exchange, he offers his soul. Interestingly, Basil’s view is the opposite
as Lord Henry. He embraces the outlook that beauty is so
breathtaking because it doesn’t last. It is not something to cling to. Next, Dorian meets Sibyl Vane whom he falls
in love with. Due to his new found love, Dorian rejects
Lord Henry’s philosophy of hedonism, or pleasure seeking. Then, Dorian, Henry and Basil all head to
the theatre to watch a play in which Sibyl is acting. However, Sibyl’s performance is horrible
and Henry and Basil end up leaving. Because of her real love for Dorian, she has
no interest in playing the characters of the plays. She decides to quit acting. Dorian promptly rejects her, believing that
he had fallen in love not with her, but with her acting. He meanly tells Sibyl that he never wants
to see her again. After a night of wandering, he goes home and
sees that the portrait has developed an ugly sneer. Repulsed by this, Dorian realizes he wants
to apologize to Sibyl the next day. However, it’s too little too late as Sibyl
committed suicide that night. The sadistic Lord Henry twists the meaning
of Sibyl’s death. He convinces Dorian to view her suicide as
an artistic expression of love and to not be sad about it. The portrait becomes more grotesque with every
sin that Dorian commits which motivates him to hide the painting. Next, Dorian becomes entranced when he starts
reading a book about a young Parisian man who spends his life seeking out pleasure. He has the book bound in 12 different colors
to match his varying moods. As he continues to see the painting age, he
becomes worried about someone breaking into his home and stealing it. As he’s been living his scandalous lifestyle,
he has acquired a lot of enemies who would like to expose Dorian if only they knew the
truth. Years had passed when Basil sees Dorian on
the street. Basil tries to bring him back to the proverbial
light side. He begs Dorian to use his power and influence
for good, as opposed to the evil that he’s been using it for. Dorian states that he’d like to show Basil
his soul, and Dorian leads Basil to the room where he keeps the portrait locked up. Shocked, Basil sees the disgusting and festering
version of Dorian in the painting. Stricken with rage from the portrait Dorian
murders Basil. The next morning Dorian asks for help in disposing
of the body from Alan Campbell, who is a scientist and a former close friend. Campbell refuses at first, but eventually
agrees to help Dorian when he is blackmailed. In the next scene, Dorian attends a party
which he finds rather boring. That night he decides to go to an opium den. Instead of facing his sins, he commits himself
to forgetting them through drug abuse. After leaving the opium den, he is followed
by a man who turns out to be Sibyl’s brother, James. James is seeking revenge. However, Dorian tricks James into believing
that he is not Dorian as he has the face of a 20 year old and roughly 18 years had passed
since Dorian and Sibyl’s relationship. Later, James learns from a lady at the opium
den that it was in fact Dorian and that he simply doesn’t age. Next, Dorian is entertaining guest at his
country estate. However, he becomes ill when he sees the face
of James outside. Although at first he locks himself up in his
house to avoid James, he eventually goes on a hunting trip. A man is accidentally shot, and it turns out
to be James. Dorian is relieved. Dorian is then speaking with Lord Henry and
hints that he had killed Basil. Speaking aloud, Dorian wonders whether he
can change. He notes that earlier he had not taken advantage
of a young innkeeper’s daughter. However, when he goes to check the painting
to see it had helped, the painting is even worse. Now it has grown a look of cunning and a wrinkle
of a hypocrite. Frustrated, he stabs the heart of the painting. Dorian Gray becomes the grotesque and festering
man from the painting, while the painting reverts to its original beauty. Dorian Gray lies dead on the floor, with the
sword in his heart.


  1. Gordon Richstone Author

    i though book was called portrait of dorian gray if you look up this book that was translated into other languages the book is called portrait of dorian gray.DOES ANYONE ELSE REMEMBER PORTRAIT AND NOT PICTURE.?

  2. Can Güvenç Author

    When Henry first met Dorian, 27-28 years old was even immerses the youth will live there talking with Dorian Henry, the young man was only a few years.

  3. Leo Author

    Good review.

    Great story. Imagine being immortal. Wow! To still be around after hundreds of years. One thing is true, you would know what really happened in the past. Let's face it you would have witnessed something first hand. And today you would read the modern history books and maybe, just maybe…Lol!

    All history is just what it means. His. Story. History was predominantly written by men. Left brain and in a draconian way. History to me, whomever wrote it, is theory, opinion and conjecture. How one perceives history is down to the individual. One does not know what happened if one was not there to witness it. Yes it can be read in a book but, who wrote it? There are conflicting views of history in all books. Different cultures have differing stories of how events happened. Who knows which is telling the truth? Normally the victors would write whatever they wanted, who could argue? It is only his story after all. That is all well and good but, when it is taught in schools and becomes the mainstream then any other debate that says other wise is ridiculed, attacked and (excommunicated) pushed to one side as pseudoscience. It goes against the grain. Information has to stay linear in a civilized society. It has to be taught in schools and universities so the pupils can graduate, owe the state bucket loads of money, and become good civil servants and carry on with the flow of information they have learned, and repeat it over and over. And teach it to the next generation, and the next. All going the right way. The official way. That is what information is. IN. FORMATION. Linear. Ordered. Left brain. Masculine.
    My story is a mystery, unless I tell somebody else, then it becomes His Story. It is still just a story after all.

    I always wondered if the word Heresy derives from Her Say, like a woman's view point. It makes sense considering women were persecuted and not allowed to speak back then. The church was a male dominance over the female. How times have changed. Women were not allowed to do anything. They were basically property. There is a reason why the male orientated church suppressed the female, because they are aware that women are the creative of the two genders. The sacred feminine. This is why our history and the world is so riddled with war and violence. Having said that, it is more a spiritual trait. Take Oscar Wilde. He had the more feminine spirit inside of him and he was persecuted for being gay. He was a man but he had the creative essence of the female.🐯👍

    Oscar Wilde, he was a gentle man, a creative mind

    A genius, a story teller, great prose, he left behind

    Persecuted, hounded, sentenced, for being gay

    A masterpiece, The Picture Of Dorian Gray

    How times have moved on! One might say

    How ironic, how this brilliant mind, is revered and celebrated today. 👍🐯by Leo

  4. wolemai Author

    The pictures do NOT capture the upper class characters as described in the book. Gives a false impression of how they spoke and acted with each other.

  5. Jacques Coulardeau Author

    Oscar Wilde, The Eternal Dandy

    Oscar Wilde will always be what he was, the most diabolical and Luciferian manipulator of human puppets around him and in all his writings. His characters are the mirrors into which he wants his readers to plunge and dive and become the auxiliaries he needs in his research and search for perversion, twisted appeal, and tortured victims.

    Of course, it is literature. So, we have the privilege of falling into the trap and then closing the book and stepping out of the trap unarmed.

    Unarmed, you said, or rather wrote? What an illusion, what vanity, what an imbecile view of what literature is. When you read a book and penetrate it, you will never be able to get it out of your nature, mind, being, and even behavior. So many people become dandies after reading Oscar Wilde, and there are so many ways of being a dandy.

    So follow the book, and later on, I will provide you with other film adaptations. It is about the deep destructive forces that are in man and that can be ignited in a second by one sentence from the right perverter or perverse mental cannibal.

    Publication Date: 2019

    Publication Name:

    Literature * Cinema * Beauty * dandyistic vanity * perverse mind * Mental cannibalism

  6. Sam McCollum Author

    “We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless."


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