The Picture Of Dorian Gray Character Analysis

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel written by Oscar Wilde. This gothic style story revolves around the protagonist Dorian Gray and his friends Lord Henry Wotton and Basil Hallward in the setting of London, England in 1890. The story is that one day Basil is speaking of a cultured, dignified and attractive gentleman named Dorian Gray to his friend Lord Henry. Lord Henry interested with Basils infatuation with Gray, begs Hallward to introduce him to the fellow. Basil on the other hand does not believe this is a good idea, since he believes Lord Henry will negatively influence Dorian. In the last sitting of Basils’ self-proclaimed masterpiece painting of Dorian, Dorian and Lord Henry finally meet and while Basil is busy painting, Dorian…show more content…
The story reaches a climax when Basil confronts Dorian about all the rumors that are spreading in town about him and his actions. Mr. Gray wanting to share his secret of his ever marring painting shows Basils. In response Basil tells Dorian that he must repent for his sins in order for his soul to return to an equilibrium. Dorian furious at Basil’s response, commits the ineffable crime of killing him with truculence force. The falling action and end of the novel is Dorian seeking to obtain equilibrium in his life and comes to the conclusion that if he destroyed the picture it would bring him inner peace and he would no longer have to deal with the torment the painting brought him. His actions, though have reverse actions, instead of destroying the picture he ends up killing himself. The ending scene is Dorians servants finding an unrecognizable disfigured Dorian with a knife plunged into his heart and the gorgeous picture of their master on the…show more content…
There was the satinwood bookcase filled with his dog-eared schoolbooks. . . How well he remembered it all! (Wilde).
After wards though the room is described as “‘faded Flemish tapestry, a curtained picture, an old Italian cassone, and an almost empty bookcase . . . that was all that it seemed to contain, besides a chair and a table” (Wilde). There are major differences between the two descriptions of the same room. Wilde though does not provide any reasoning on what might have caused room to change and the loss of books from the bookcase. Tearle provides a fascinating idea on what might have caused the differences,
The only ‘person’ apart from Dorian who has access to the bookcase, as to the cassone, during that important interim, is not really a person at all: namely, the picture itself, the picture of Dorian Gray. It is as if the corrupting presence of the portrait has spread its insidious sin through the whole room, destroying (or at least part-destroying) all that is connected with childhood and

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