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The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Meghan Brickner

on 17 October 2014

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Transcript of The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray
By Oscar Wilde
Gothic Elements
Main Characters
Themes, Motifs, Symbols
More Gothic Elements
About the Author
Main Characters
Dorian Gray - Protagonist; Handsome, impressionable young gentleman

Basil Hallward - obsessed with Gray's charm; painter of Gray's portrait; victim of Gray's corruption

Lord Henry Wotton - Victorian nobleman; Basil's friend, Gray's influence and tempter; "Old Harry"
London in the 1890s

Dorian Gray's Secret Portrait Room/Childhood room
Opium Den
Gothic elements in an Urban Gothic novel
Fleeting youth and beauty
The influence of art
Bargaining with the devil
Consequences of immorality
About the Author: Oscar Wilde
Playwright, novelist, poet, editor
Published "The Picture of Dorian Gray" at age 36
Married Constance Lloyd and had 2 children
But fell in love with Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas
Arrested for gross indecency; 2 year sentence of hard labor
Died at age 46 from meningitis
The portrait - reminder; Gray's conscience
Homoerotic relationships - adoration, influence/molding
The colors white vs. scarlet- innocence vs. sin
Portrait - Dorian's conscience
The opium dens - Dorian's state of mind
The yellow book - destructive influence
Lord Henry - the devil
More Gothic Elements
Science used for a negative purpose
Outburst of violence
Damsel in distress
Foreshadowed doom
Preface excerpts
Underlying theme
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