They never bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands. Your rank and wealth, Henry; my brains, such as they are-- my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray's good looks-- we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly. It was a confession. Now that I have made it, something seems to have gone out of me. Perhaps one should never put one's worship into words. I can't bear the idea of my soul being hideous. For these there is hope.
Is it me personally? I do not dislike you. It felt disloyal to Alastair. And not only for sinning purposes—imagine being able to try out new fashions on it.
Matthew was looking stubborn. Matthew laughed, again as if he was surprised to be doing it. I am shocked. Lips that Shakespeare taught to speak have whispered their secret in my ear. I have had the arms of Rosalind around me, and kissed Juliet on the mouth.
You have chattered enough about corruption. In the opium den, however, he hears someone refer to Dorian as "Prince Charming", and he accosts Dorian.
Dorian deceives James into believing that he is too young to have known Sibyl, who killed herself eighteen years earlier, as his face is still that of a young man. James relents and releases Dorian, but is then approached by a woman from the opium den who reproaches James for not killing Dorian.
She confirms that the man was Dorian Gray and explains that he has not aged in eighteen years. James runs after Dorian, but he has gone. James then begins to stalk Dorian, causing Dorian to fear for his life.
However, during a shooting party, a hunter accidentally kills James Vane, who was lurking in a thicket. On returning to London, Dorian tells Lord Henry that he will live righteously from now on. Dorian wonders if his newly-found goodness has rescinded the corruption in the picture but when he looks at it, he sees only an even uglier image of himself. From that, Dorian understands that his true motives for the self-sacrifice of moral reformation were the vanity and curiosity of his quest for new experiences, along with the desire to restore beauty to the picture.
Deciding that only full confession will absolve him of wrongdoing, Dorian decides to destroy the last vestige of his conscience and the only piece of evidence remaining of his crimes; the picture.
In a rage, he takes the knife with which he murdered Basil Hallward and stabs the picture. The servants of the house awaken on hearing a cry from the locked room; on the street, a passerby who also heard the cry calls the police. On entering the locked room, the servants find an unknown old man stabbed in the heart, his figure withered and decrepit. The servants identify the disfigured corpse by the rings on its fingers, which belonged to Dorian Gray.
Beside him, the portrait is now restored to its former appearance of beauty. Oscar Wilde said that, in the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray , three of the characters were reflections of himself:. Basil Hallward is what I think I am; Lord Henry is what the world thinks of me; Dorian is what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps. About the literary hero, the author, Oscar Wilde, said, "in every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust.
In each story, the protagonist entices a beautiful woman to love him, and then destroys her life. In the preface to the novel , Wilde said that the notion behind the tale is "old in the history of literature", but was a thematic subject to which he had "given a new form". Unlike the academic Faust , the gentleman Dorian makes no deal with the Devil , who is represented by the cynical hedonist Lord Henry, who presents the temptation that will corrupt the virtue and innocence that Dorian possesses at the start of the story.
Throughout, Lord Henry appears unaware of the effect of his actions upon the young man; and so frivolously advises Dorian, that "the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing. In chapter five, he writes: "He felt as if he had come to look for Miranda and had been met by Caliban". When Dorian tells Lord Henry about his new love Sibyl Vane, he mentions the Shakespeare plays in which she has acted, and refers to her by the name of the heroine of each play.
Later, Dorian speaks of his life by quoting Hamlet , a privileged character who impels his potential suitor Ophelia to suicide, and prompts her brother Laertes to swear mortal revenge. In the biography Oscar Wilde , the literary critic Richard Ellmann said:. The references in Dorian Gray to specific chapters are deliberately inaccurate. Some commentators have suggested that The Picture of Dorian Gray was influenced by the British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli 's anonymously published first novel Vivian Grey as, "a kind of homage from one outsider to another.
The Picture of Dorian Gray originally was a novella submitted to Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for serial publication. In , J. Stoddart, an editor for Lippincott, was in London to solicit novellas to publish in the magazine. Gill  at the Langham Hotel , and commissioned novellas from each writer. Dorian Gray is a handsome and wealthy young man.
While generally intelligent, he is naive and easily manipulated. These faults lead to his spiral into sin and ultimate misery. The cynical but witty Wotton persuades Gray the only worthwhile life is dedicated to pleasure, because "what the gods give they quickly take away. He makes the wish in the presence of an Egyptian cat statue with supposed mystical powers. Dorian visits a tavern, where he falls in love with a beautiful singer named Sibyl Vane. They begin a romance, despite disapproval from Sibyl's brother James, and they are soon engaged.
Though initially contented, Dorian is again persuaded by Lord Henry to pursue a more hedonistic lifestyle. Dorian sends Sibyl a hurtful letter, ending their relationship and "compensating" her with a large payment in cash.
The next morning, Dorian finds his own face unchanged but the portrait has changed and "the lines of cruelty about the mouth were unmistakable. Lord Henry arrives with news that a heartbroken Sibyl killed herself the previous night, after receiving Dorian's letter. Dorian is at first shocked and guilty but soon adopts Lord Henry's indifferent manner. He surprises Hallward by going to the opera that evening. Dorian has the portrait locked away in his old school room and disguises its location by firing servants who moved the painting.
He becomes ever more dedicated to a sinful and heartless life. Years later, Dorian is forty but looks twenty-two, unchanged from when Hallward painted the portrait. London society is awestruck at his unchanging appearance. Over eighteen years of debauchery, the portrait has remained locked away, with Dorian holding the only key.
Dorian has become paranoid no others see the portrait and he repeatedly fires servants who are too inquisitive. Over the years, the portrait of the young, handsome, Dorian has warped into a hideous, demon-like creature reflecting Dorian's sins. We're all tested in one way or another, are we not? Dorian Gray to Justine : Listen, child. I can toss you out like the baggage you are whenever it pleases me.
And don't think for one moment your tiresome sapphic escapades shock me. You think you're bold? You think you know sin? You're still learning the language. I wrote the bloody book. Dorian Gray : Sadly, no.
What I am is bored. I've lived through so many revolutions, you see. It's all so familiar to me. The wild eyes and zealous ardor, the irresponsibility and the clatter.
The noise of it all, Lily. From the tumbrils on the way to the guillotine to the roaring mobs sacking the temples of Byzantium.
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