The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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Theories and Ideas in The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray was published in 1891. The novel reflects the authors carelessness and hastiness. The plot of the story is simple, however, the issues that come about are very complex. The novel is about three characters: Basil Hallward, Lord Henry, and Dorian Gray. In the beginning of the story, Basil paints a portrait of Dorian and gives it to him as a present. Lord Henry talks about the importance of being young and explains to Dorian how exhilarating it is to be young. As a result, Dorian begins to feel sad because he knows that one day he will grow old, but the picture will always remain young. Wilde uses this to set up a framework to examine some ideas…show more content…
The novel continues to follow Dorian around as his soul begins to worsen. The story also points out the harm that Dorian’s change in behavior is doing to others. “Reputations ruined, hearts broken, suicides endured, murders committed (Boilard, 991).” The fatalistic view of sin is further indicated when Dorian is unable to change his fate at the end of the book. He begins to feel his past catch up to him as people he has wronged begin to identify him and his actions. To make up for his actions, Dorian decides to do a good deed; he cancels his plans to go out with a young female that he was going to take advantage of. However, he does not see evidence of his good deed within the portrait. Dorian becomes hopeless, and decides to drive a knife into the painting. The servants downstairs hear a scream, and when they enter the room they see the portrait hanging on the wall. Dorian is on lying on the floor with a knife in his heart, looking like the figure in the portrait had just moments earlier (Boilard 992). Sibyl Vane, the actress that falls in love with Dorian, is brought up again when discussing Dorian’s hardness of heart. Dorian only focuses on the roles she plays on stage or in his life; he never focuses on her essential self (Profit 16). For example, Dorian refuses Lord Henry’s invitation for dinner and reminds Henry that Sibyl will be assuming the role of Imogen that evening and Juliet tomorrow. Lord Henry proceeds to ask

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