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The Picture of Dorian Gray
Transcript of The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde attended Oxford and grew to fame as a talented poet. His strong aesthetic personality showed in his writing.
"Genius is born--not paid."
This story was not originally accepted in 1890. Despite the negativity, however, Wilde saw what he wrote as beautiful, and had it published anyway.
Main Character Background
Dorian Gray: A young but rich man.
Basil Hallward: A painter.
Lord Henry Wotton: A rich lord.
Sibyl Vane: A young actress.
Lord Henry negatively influences and ruins Dorian's innocence. Dorian wishes a painting will age instead of him. It takes on his faults, grief, and age.
Basil is the man who painted the infamous portrait of Dorian. He was Dorian’s best friend and technically Dorian’s first murder victim.
Lord Henry was the reason for Dorian’s downfall and ultimate suicide. Had Dorian heeded Basil’s warnings about Henry’s negative influence, he could have lived happily.
Lord Henry Wotton
Sibyl was a simple young girl without much life experience. All she had ever known was the theater, and upon meeting Dorian, fell madly in love.
Dorian Gray is a beautiful, but troubled young man. He wishes for a painting Basil has created of him, to age in place of himself.
Good vs. Evil: Dorian is in conflict with the two different sides of himself.
Beauty and Youth: Dorian believes that beauty lies in the youth of a person
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