"The Picture of Dorian Gray" Book Report

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Oscar Fingal O’Flarentie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. He was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. Known for his biting wit, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest “celebrities” of his day.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a first and only novel written by Oscar Wilde. It was published in 1891. The book is focusing on the actions of a very egocentrical character who thinks he can do whatever he wants because he is beautiful, Wilde highlights the things that are wrong in our society. It is a very interesting and instructive story.

Dorian Gray, young man whose physical appearance is handsome and innocent. The painter, Basil Hallward, makes a beautiful portrait of Dorian. He feels that it is his best work to date. While, in the Hallward’s studio Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton. Henry "corrupts" Dorian's innocent and introduces him to a new world of Hedonism. Dorian is eventually influenced by Henry’s way of thinking and becomes obsessed with himself and his image. He wishes that he always look like his youthful appearance in the portrait. The wish comes true. Dorian remains the same – youthful and charming, but the portrait begins to transform itself into the image of his soul. This wish would become a great regret for Dorian Gray. Later, Dorian meets Sibyl Vane, a very young, and poor actress, who only knows him as ”Prince Charming” She falls in love with Dorian and they plan to run off together. The girl’s mother seems all too happy to see her daughter off to someone above her status, despite not even having met the young man. Sibyl’s brother however is much more protective, and in a chance meeting threatens Dorian not to hurt his sister, or else he will pay it back to him directly. Unfortunately when Dorian invites his friends Henry and Basil to Sibyl’s performance. They discover that her love with Dorian produces a dismay...
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