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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.


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on 15 February 2013

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Transcript of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

"How does The Picture of Dorian Gray portray Oscar Wilde and the Victorian Era? The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Irish writer & poet
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Prison (1897-1900) His works. The Picture of Dorian Gray The Plot The Charachters Dorian Gray The setting: Oscar Wilde Dorian Gray Lord Henry Wotton Basil Hallward Sources Setting: The setting is in London in the late 19th century during the Victorian Age.
London was transformed into the world's largest city, and became wealthier
Nevertheless millions of people still lived in extreme poverty.
But the main characters in The Picture of Dorian Gray belong to the upper class. Dorian Gray is young , rich and very handsome .
Has a much older friend called Lord Henry.
Basil Hallward makes a fascinating picture of Dorian Gray.
The picture makes Dorian wish to stop aging.
•His wish is fulfilled and the picture starts aging instead of young Dorian.
The portrait represent his soul The character description is very important considering our researchquestion.
Oscar Wilde said the main characters were reflections of himself: "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry is what the world thinks me: Dorian is what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps" Sees himself as The author An idealist who truly believes in the inborn goodness of people.
A firm believer in pure values like beauty, truth, and love.
Art is more real to him than life.
Basil continues believing that Dorian must still have a piece of good in him, if he can continue to look so beautiful.
Murdered by Dorian Gray
Wilde thought himself to be the brilliant artist.
•Basil Hallward obviously shows signs of homosexuality, as well as Wilde did. The world sees him as Selfish aristocrat
Nothing seems to have any meaning for Lord Henry except his own pleasure.
A charming talker.
Form immoral theories about life, pleasure, women etc... " : “I like persons better than principles and persons with no principles better than anything at all.”, but he does never do anything immoral.
Wilde was also a person who likes to study people and think of immoral theories, but never does anything immoral.
Wilde was judged less homosexual by society then he was actually feeling. What he would like to be. A narcissistic and an extremely beautiful man.
Adapts Henry’s theories on sinning and pleasure.
Changes from being a innocent boy to a corrupted criminal.
Thinks himself above others because of his unmatched beauty.
Dorian Gray: “Sins are written across one's face.”
The only thing which holds Dorian off from sinning is that it would change his looks.
But he is finally able to accomplish the one thing he had always wanted: pleasure, being moral or immoral.
When he is about 40, he still looks as beautiful and young as before, BUT the portrait, which represents his soul, is extremely ugly and old.
He stabs the portrait with a knife, and dies after doing that.

Oscar Wilde wished he could just participate in homosexual practices without changing, this was exactly what Dorian Gray was able to do
•Dorian’s extraordinary beauty enabled him to seduce women and men easily. He could get any woman or man he wanted, whenever he wanted. Maybe that is what Oscar Wilde also wished. The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Importance of Being Earnest. (1895)
The Ballad of Reading Gaol http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/oscar-wilde/articles/97405/title/oscar-wilde-characters-picture-dorian-gray
http://www.shmoop.com/picture-dorian-gray/basil-hallward.html The Victorian Era. Peace & Prosperity
Social problems
Good vs. Evil
Faustian Bargain.
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