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The Portrait of Dorian Gray

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Transcript of The Portrait of Dorian Gray

So What?
My outsides look cool
My insides are blue
At the end of the day
I have myself to blame
UnPretty - TLC
What else?
Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Literary Devices
Other thoughts?
Publishing Timeline
The Only Novel
Youth and Beauty
Before his fame
1st edition 1890 in Lippincott's monthly magazine
1891 revised; 6 new chapters, preface
Philosophy of art: It's worth nothing just beautiful, serves no other purpose
Revolutionary attitude for Victorian England
"Diversity of Opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex and vital"(pg. 4)
"I know, now, that when one loses one's good looks, whatever they may be, one loses everything. Your picture has taught me that. Lord Henry Wotton is perfectly right. Youth is the only thing worth having. When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself " (pg. 28)
"Life has everything in store for you, Dorian. There is nothing that you, with your extraordinary good looks, will not be able to do."..."No, you must keep your good looks. We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and cannot spare you." (pg. 101)
"To get back my youth I would do anything in the world...It's absurd to talk of the ignorance of youth. The only people whose opinions I listen now with any respect are people much younger than myself."(pg. 206)
In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde is stating the fear of imperfection people have. Humans run away from flaws because society has created an environment that judges everything on physical appearance.
Dorian -
Would die before getting old
What is Real Beauty?
Symbol: The Yellow Book
Allegory: The Portrait
Foreshadowing: Romeo and Juliet
Vera; or The Nihilists
Lady Windermere's fan
A Woman of No Importance
*An Ideal Husband
*The Importance of Being Earnest
(His most famous play)
October 16, 1854, Dublin, Ireland
Father Doctor, Mother Poet
Married 1884
Victorian London
Famous for Comic plays
Homosexual relationship 1891 with Lord Alfred Douglas
1895 Sentenced to 2 years
Never published under own name again
Died November 30, 1900 Paris, France
Lord Henry - believes beauty is all one has
Something should have happened to Lord Henry to show that he indeed understood his mistake
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"Oscar Wilde biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013. <http://www.biography.com/people/oscar-wilde-9531078>.
"'Tis my say.." Tis my say. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Dec. 2013. <http://salmanlatif.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/the-picture-of-dorian-gray/>.
" TLC LYRICS "UnPretty"." Azlyrics. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Dec. 2013. <http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tlc/unpretty.html>.
"What Is Real Beauty?." Best Essay Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. <http://bestessayguide.com/what-is-real-beauty.html>.
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
1890s, London
Dorian Gray is Basil's new obsession
Curses the painting giving away his soul
1st change in portrait after ending his affair with Sibyl which she took drastically
18 years go by
Rough encounter with Basil, Blackmails into getting rid of a deade body
Wants to express remorse to Lord Henry by destroying the portrait
Society has a huge impact on an individual.
"Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone." - Dorothy Parker
“In the end, people should be judged by their actions, since in the end, it was actions that defined everyone.” - Nicholas Sparks
Fairytale Examples
The Ugly Duckling
Beauty and the Beast
The Princess and the Frog
Negative Influence
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