Analysis of the Setting

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The picture of Dorian gray takes place in London around the 1890's. There are three main places that are involved with the setting, Dorian's home, Basil's home/studio and Lord Henry's home. I believe that the setting isn't extremely important towards the plot of the story. It just adds to certain details and opinions that the characters have.

In the beginning of chapter 4, the setting mainly takes place in Lord Henry's home. The book describes it as " In the little library of Lord Henry's house in Mayfair. It was, in its way, a very charming room, with its high paneled wainscoting of olive-stained oak, its cream-colours frieze and ceiling of raised plaster work, and its brickdust felt carpet strewn with silk, long-fringes Persian rugs." (pg 60) From this quote, I interpret that lord Henry is a very well off man who is aware of his importance. He wants people to hang from his every word.

I also think that if the setting was any different, meaning that Lord Henry had lived in a smaller home and had fewer luxurious, he wouldn't be as bold of a person as he is now.

Since, the book takes place in London Lord Henry and some of his friends have certain opinions of people from other countries. "I wish it had never been discovered at all!" (pg54), this is the duchess talking about America. This quote shows some hatred towards our fellow Americans, because they have supposedly taken all of the good British boys.

The second setting was the theatre, where Dorian met his future wife sibyl Vane. She is an actress who performs in plays at the theatre. "The gallery and pit were fairly full, but the two rows of dingy stalls were quite empty, and there was hardly a person in...