The Picture of Dorian Gray

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"The Picture of Dorian Gray" "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is Oscar Wilde's only novel and one of his most celebrated works. It was first published in 1890 by a magazine and a year later in expanded book form with six additional chapters. By some considered as immoral and contaminating, but others brilliant, this piece of work shocked England at its time.

The story took place in Victorian England where a young and handsome gentleman, Mr Dorian Gray lived his luxurious and fashionable life. His friend, the painter Basil Hallward painted a portrait capturing the boy's youth, innocence and beauty. His state of mind developed from pure to poisoned as Dorian evolved himself with Lord Henry Wotton, and he received corrupting influences from the amoral and selfish man. In great envy of his own canvas reflection, Dorian wished upon eternal youth while his picture aged. This prayer was answered.

For every sin he committed, stains were added to the painting while it grew old, but his own face remained virtuous and appealing. Twenty years passed by, as a boyish faced devil, Dorian Gray murdered Basil. Then suffering from mental confusion, he attempted to reclaim his lost purity by demolishing the last and only piece of proof reflecting his wicked soul --- the picture. The result was that Dorian the man and his picture exchanged appearances, the man aged suddenly then died foul and wrinkled while the canvas regained its initial exquisite elegance.

To me the tale of Dorian Gray is about love, friendship and evil, it is a book written of fascinating style, describing timeless issues as art, beauty and morality. Its controversial perspective only made it more worth while. The only matter I oppose to in this book is its degrading view upon the female sex, which perhaps...