Dorian Grey

Following the Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who is fascinated and captivated by Dorian’s beauty; he maintains that Dorian’s beauty is responsible for the current mode in his art as a paint-slinger. Through Basil, Dorian faces Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is fascinated by the aristocrat’s hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual satisfaction are the only ideas worth pursuing in life. Newly learning that his beauty will fade, Dorian displays the will to sell his soul, to ensure that the image, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian continues a libertine life of different and amoral experiences while remaining young and beautiful; all the though his portrait ages and records every soul-corrupting sin. The Picture of Dorian Gray begins on a beautiful summer day in Victorian era England, where Lord Henry Wotton, a hard man, is recognizing the sensitive artist Basil Hallward depicting the portrait of Dorian Gray, a good-looking, youthful man who is Basil’s final muse. While sitting for the painting, Dorian listens to Lord Henry espousing his hedonistic worldview and begins to think that beauty is the only aspect of life worth pursuing. This prompts Dorian to wish that the painted image of himself would age in his stead.  In the time before automobiles they carriages so tow car isn’t need back in those days but then again a horse is more reliable then a car.

Under the hedonist sway of Lord Henry, Dorian thoroughly traverses his sensuality. He finds the actress Sibyl Vane, who delivers Shakespeare plays in a dingy, working-class theater. Dorian addresses and courts her, and soon intends marriage. The enchanted Sibyl calls him “Prince Charming”, and swoons with the happiness of being loved, but her protective brother, James, a sailor, advises that if “Prince Charming” harms her, he will kill Dorian Gray. Dorian invites Basil and Lord Henry to discuss Sibyl perform in Romeo and Juliet. Sibyl, whose only knowledge of love was love of the theater, forgoes her acting career for the experience of real infatuation with Dorian Gray. Disheartened at her quitting the stage, Dorian rejects Sibyl, telling her that acting was her beauty; without that, she no longer interests him. On returning home, Dorian discerns that the portrait has developed; his wish has come true, and the man in the painting bears a subtle sneer of cruelty. Dorian Gray observes the degradation recorded in his portrait, in the film The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945).Conscience-stricken and isolated, Dorian chooses to reconcile with Sibyl, but he is too late, as Lord Henry notifies him that Sibyl killed herself by drinking prussic acid. Dorian then knows that, where his life is directed, lust and good looks shall suffice. In the ensuing eighteen years, Dorian attempts with every vice, influenced by a morally poisonous French novel, a gift received from the immoral Lord Henry Wotton.

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