But Dorian instead only wants help moving the picture. Guardian News and Media Limited. Would you want to, even if the price you will have to pay is your soul? At long last, Dorian ventures up to the school room to face the painting that is the embodiment of his corrupted soul. Alan is not fooled by Dorian's pretense of kindness, but has no choice but to comply with his wishes. The painting has shown Dorian his own beauty and has singled him out as the hero. At least twice, the reader hears that an adage spoken by the protégé — Dorian — was originally spoken by the mentor — Lord Henry. Dorian Gray is a man who tried to cheat time and the consequences of his actions, only to find himself living a life filled with fear.
Lord Harry's world view corrupts Dorian, who then successfully emulates him. He sends her a sum of money for compensation, but Sibyl is emotionally destroyed. Lord Henry has decided to rename flowers, because he feels the names they have been given do not reflect their beauty. In each story, the protagonist entices a beautiful woman to love him, and then destroys her life. For example, Dorian ends up punished for his egoism, an unhealthy fascination with youthfulness, vanity, and his profligacy and decadence. Enraged, James Vane begins to track down Dorian Gray. In a fit of distress, he pledges his soul if only the painting could bear the burden of age and infamy, allowing him to stay forever young.
Reluctantly, Dorian turns to blackmail, showing him a letter that he promises to send unless the scientist agrees to help. Wotton is enchantingly cynical and witty, and tells Dorian that the only life worth living is one dedicated entirely to pleasure. I am rather surprised to hear it. Edited with an introduction and notes by Michael Patrick Gillespie. Dorian invites Basil and Lord Henry to see Sibyl perform in.
Enraged, Jim tries to kill Gray before being restrained and carried off by the authorities. In the den he finds Adrian Singleton, a young man of his acquaintance, who Dorian had a hand in ruining his life. He also meets and soon becomes close to Lord Henry's daughter, Emily, a member of the , much to her father's disapproval. We recommend it to everyone! Basil is horrified by what he sees and realizes Dorian is the man the rumors purport him to be. This is, of course, highly delusional behavior.
Aside from Sibyl, these two are the only people whose lives Dorian has ruined who actually appear in the book. But Gray still has one pure love - Gladys, the niece of the original painter. One fateful night, Dorian visits a lower-class tavern, The Two Turtles, where he is given a prime seat for the night's entertainment. Stoddart, an editor for Lippincott, was in London to solicit novellas to publish in the magazine. Wilde revised later editions of the book in an effort to reduce the prominence of the homosexual undertones, but they were too integral an aspect of the interactions between the main characters to be eliminated entirely. One night, before leaving for Paris, Basil goes to Dorian's house to ask him about rumors of his self-indulgent.
I say nothing about that now, but surely you need not have made his sister's name a by-word. He rushes to throw the curtain over it, but before he does so he notices the sickening gleam of red blood on the hands of his doppelganger. As he is leaving the den the woman calls Dorian, Prince Charming, this is because he is responsible for her downfall also. It was strangely, richly written, without a plot, but following a young Parisien, who seems to embrace sin and virtue at once. Basil begs Dorian to repent and change his ways, but Dorian feels a surge of anger toward Basil, blaming him for his miserable life because the painting was his own work.
Sibyl falls in love with Dorian so deeply that she now believes that she can no longer act to be in love on the scene since nothing is as sincere as the real thing. Deciding that only full will 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. While posing for a painting by his artist friend Basil Hallward Lowell Gilmore , Dorian meets Basil's friend Lord Henry Wotton George Sanders. Every character in the novel has his or her moral scales, which result in a world where people are not sure about what is right or wrong. Lord Henry, stricken, sees the horrible results of his own influence and gazes at Dorian's corpse in shocked remorse.
He has begun to think of Victor as a spy. Plot Basil Hallward is an established artist living in London in the house of his aunt. His hedonistic lifestyle worsens, distancing him from a concerned Hallward. Juliet the leading female role in William Shakespeare's 1564—1616 Romeo and Juliet. Dorian wishes that his portrait could age instead of him. Wilde conflates the images of the upper-class man and lower-class man in Dorian Gray, a gentleman slumming for strong entertainment in the poor parts of London town. He rejects her and tells her he will never see her again.
After seeing the body, Dorian is relieved to see it is James Vane. Dorian was so amused with the man that he paid an entire guinea for a private theatre box. The two are drawn to each other and begin a friendship, which gives way to Dorian becoming Basil's muse. Basil is horrified, and beseeches Dorian to pray for salvation. All of these events make him want to start over, but he cannot make himself confess his crimes.
He resolves to amend his life but cannot muster the courage to confess his crimes, and the painting now reveals his supposed desire to repent for what it is—hypocrisy. Meanwhile, Dorian hides his portrait in a remote upper room of his house, where no one other than he can watch its transformation. Crowned with heavy lotus-blossoms, he has sat on the prow of Adrian's barge, looking into the green, turbid Nile. First it is written so beautifully, second, the story is captivating, and third, it offers a valuable moral lesson. His distinguishing feature is total indifference to the consequences of his actions. He is a person who celebrates beauty, youth, and pleasures of any kind. Embarrassed, Dorian rejects Sibyl, telling her that acting was her beauty; without that, she no longer interests him.