The picture of dorian gray summary and historical significance of the novel

Isaacs, for fifty pounds, she is against the marriage unless Dorian is wealthy; they do not know that he is. Dorian wonders if his newfound goodness has reverted the corruption in the picture, but when he looks at it, he sees only an even uglier image of himself.

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After this, Dorian pursues a life of pleasure in which he courts all manner of sensual enjoyments, searching for beauty in fleeting sensations and objects of art. The man who would call a spade a spade should be compelled to use it.

Preface[ edit ] Consequent to the harsh criticism of the magazine edition of the novel, the textual revisions to The Picture of Dorian Gray included a preface in which Wilde addressed the criticisms and defended the reputation of his novel.

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While at Dorian's country home, James is accidently shot and killed by a friend of Dorian's during a hunting expedition. Basil never intends to exhibit the painting, because if he did, it would bare the deepest feelings in his soul. The next morning, Basil reproaches Dorian for his callousness and attributes it to the influence of Lord Henry. The Lippincott version has only three main characters; three others appear briefly. For example, in chapter 11 the young Dorian contemplates the sinister transformation of his portrait: "He grew more and more enamoured of his own beauty, more and more interested in the corruption of his own soul. He believes that Dorian has inspired him to create the best work of his life. It sparkles with that unique Wildean wit. He begins to talk to Dorian about the nature of man, which gives Dorian much to think about. In Wilde met a young Canadian, Robert Ross, and according to fairly well-accepted opinion began his involvement in the disordered, destructive homosexual life-style so luridly suggested in The Picture of Dorian Gray and catalogued in his sensational trials. You worshipped yourself too much. Henry makes some cynical remarks about love and encourages Dorian to view Sibyl's death as resembling a scene from a play. Turning the Lippincott version of the novel into a book required more bulk, better balance, and tighter unity. Faust is a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power, just as Dorian makes a bargain to keep his eternal youth even if it means the loss of his soul.

It is either an unfortunate accident, or an unpleasant result of temperament. His servants hear a scream, and, when they arrive, they see a loathsome old man dead on the floor with a knife in his chest and a portrait of the beautiful young man he once was.

Sincehe had been close friends with Lord Alfred Douglas, and Douglas's father, the Marquis of Queensberry, now accused him of homosexuality. The painting has become horrifying. The preface states in a number of different epigrammatic ways that art should have nothing to do with morality.

He tells Lord Henry that Dorian is to him "simply a motive in art.

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