The Picture Of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

the-picture-of-dorian-gray-oscar-wildeI’ve just finished reading Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’ and I really don’t know what to say about it, it’s such a intriguing and just remarkably different book. I think my favourite character would have to be Lord Henry Wotton, he seems to be very philosophical and intelligent and expresses this throughout the text, he seems to have a theory or preposition for every detail in life. I found it strange how Dorian Gray’s personality dramatically progresses and the symbolism of his soul through the painting. My initial impression of Dorian was innocence and naivety, perhaps because he was so young, however as he grew he becomes more and more cruel and heartless. Towards the end, I really started to dislike the character if I’m honest.

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  1. In your opinion, who is responsible for Dorian Gray’s change? Did Henry Wotton play a role? Considering that Gray – rich and beautiful – is hardly ever judged for his immoral acts, what could it suggest about Victorian society? What do you think is the relevance of Gray destroying the painting in the end?

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