Essay On The Picture Of Dorian Gray Plot

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Intro to characters, intro to the centrality/importance of Dorian GrayLord Henry a bad influence, Dorian is introduced and fascinated by Lord Henry's words. (the concepts of youth, hedonisms) Dorian wishes to stay young forever.Lord Henry goes to see his uncle (George) to find out more about Dorian Gray. We get to know Dorian's background.Lord Henry and Dorian have a conversation at Lord Henry's house (before Lord Henry arrived, Dorian was having a conversation with his wife, Victoria). Dorian reveals his love for Sibyl. Foreshadowing of Dorian's crime (he says if he ever did such a thing, he would confess it to Lord Henry). Dorian sends a letter to Lord Henry saying he will marry Sibyl.Intro to Sibyl, her mother and brother (James Vane). James is very protective of the sister and worried about her being involved with Dorian.Harry tells Basil that Dorian is getting married. Dorian comes and talks ab ...view middle of the document...

Basil wants to exhibit the painting, but Dorian refuses to give it to him.Dorian wants to hide the portrait, and he does so by putting it in the room in the attic.Obsession with the yellow book (buys many copies). Descriptive account of seeking pleasure in every aspect of life. 18 years go by.Dorian's birthday. He runs into Basil, they go to Dorian's place. Basil asks about the rumors and whether they are true. Dorian shows the picture to Basil.Basil is shocked at the sight of the picture. He is still hopeful, though. He thinks Dorian can pray and make up for his sins. Dorian thinks it's too late. He goes mad and stabs Basil killing him.The day after the murder. Dorian wakes up and enjoys the day. He invites a chemist, an acquaintance of his, to get rid of the body. He blackmails him to do it. He finds there is blood on the hands of the portrait.Dorian goes to Lady Narborough's house. Dorian pretends nothing is wrong. Lord Henry notices Dorian is not acting like himself. Dorian hoes back home and burns Basil's coat.Dorian goes to the opium den. James Vane follows him with the intention of killing him, avenging his sister, but doesn't because of Dorian's improbable young looks. James finds out Dorian lied by the maid at the bar.Dorian and friends are at the country house. Dorian faints. When he wakes up he says that he saw a terrifying sight outside the window.Dorian is obsessed with James Vane. He hallucinating and shows signs of fear and guilt. He goes hunting where a man is accidentally killed. Dorian is upset with this. Lord Henry tries to lighten up the mood. Dorian realizes the dead man is James Vane. He tears up, thinking that he is safe.Dorian is determined to change and become virtuous. He thinks he will accomplish that by sparing a young girl from becoming involved with him. He tries to confess to Lord Henry, but Lord Henry claims that such vulgarity is impossible for Dorian.Dorian goes home. He shows signs of being tired with life. He realizes his hypocrisy in wanting to become a better person. He stabs the portrait and thus, kills himself. His corpse is disfigured, the police recognize him by the rings on his fingers.


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