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IN , Oscar Wilde published the first version of The Picture of. Dorian Gray in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. After vociferous public responses to the novel's. The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde. Format: Global Grey free PDF, epub, site ebook. Pages (PDF): Publication Date: Download links are. Oscar Wilde {} was one of Ireland's best and cleverest writers. His plays and children's stories, as well as The Picture of Dorian Gray, are still enjoyed.

Wilde realized it and was determined to be more than just a public spectacle and fascinating conversationalist at social gatherings. He, then, gave hundreds of lectures on serious matters like art, culture, and philosophy. Those who stayed to listen to him were impressed by his knowledge and brilliance.

They realized that Wilde was a man of extraordinary talent and learning: Dandy of intellect, dandy of manners, dandy of dress, Oscar Wilde strutted through the first half of the nineties and staggered through the last. He did succeed in weaving spells. One sat and listened to him enthralled.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

In all appeared to be Wisdom and Power and Beauty and Enchantment. It was indeed enchantment and nothing else Montgomery, Both of them have their respective glibness, brilliance, as well as irresponsible thoughts in conversations which enthrall and influence their audience.

Wilde spent a lot of his time in cafes where he met young people and told them the glories of ancient Greece and the noble nudity of the Olympic Games with that elegance and beauty of 6 language which had become his second nature Gaunt, Just like Wilde who were surrounded mostly by young men who always lingered on him and listened to the wonders and the beauty of the world, in the novel Lord Henry is also surrounded by his flabbergasted friends listening to everything he says.

Wilde, as a man who idealizes beauty of all things, was longing to be always in a youthful spirit, i. In the novel Lord Henry frightens Dorian with a warning that everyone gradually grows old and ugly: Youth is the one thing worth having According to Lord Henry, addressing to Dorian, youth with all its pleasure is so fleeting that one should savor each moment and thirst for each new experience: Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Be always searching for new sensations.

Be afraid of nothing A new hedonism—that is what our country wants The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets; haunted by the memory of passions of which we were too much afraid: the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.

Youth There is nothing in the world but Youth! During his life, Wilde—despite his age and marriage—often spent his days with young people, stayed from one hotel to another, and had champagne dinners in his own rooms or in a private room at expensive restaurants.

He just lived occasionally at home with his wife. With the companion of men younger than himself, Wilde escaped from his family and thus, which he believed, kept him in the spirit of youth Clark, Nothing remains then but the recollections of a pleasure, or the luxury of regret. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.

Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful Wilde, He feels intensely amazed at the sudden impression that his words have produced.

Dorian admires Lord Henry as someone whom he can turn to whenever he needs advice or asks questions about life. I never know where my wife is, and my wife never knows what I am doing Wilde, The real drawback to marriage is that it makes one unselfish.

And unselfish people are colourless. They lack individuality Since the family got financial problem, instead of solving it, Wilde ran away from his wife. This is his own life before he decided to get married. This is stated to have been due to the recurrence of syphilis in his body which he had originally got at Oxford and of which he had imagined himself to be cured Montgomery, Before marrying his wife, Wilde had consulted a doctor in London, who had assured him that he was completely cured of his youthful malady.

On his courage he then got married. Two years later he discovered to his dismay that all traces of syphilis had not been eradicated from his body and it was this unpleasant discovery that obliged him to discontinue his relation with his wife.

Lord Henry lives freely and never cares about the burdens of his life. This is suggested by the epigram Lord Henry is delighted in: I can sympathize with everything except suffering; I cannot sympathize with that. It is too ugly, too terrible, too distressing. One should sympathize with the color, the beauty, the joy of life. Both Wilde and Lord Hendy try to enjoy life and find a lot of experiences.

Exploring life in endless pleasure is the prime aim of life, just like what Wilde believed in life.

Most people knew Wilde as a distinguished writer and only a few who knew who Wilde really was. Wilde himself admitted that Lord Henty is what he was mostly known.


In other words, Lord Henry as depicted in the novel is Oscar Wilde in superficial appearance. He describes his feeling towards Dorian as follows: When our eyes met, I felt that I was growing pale.

A curious sensation of terror came over me. I knew that I had come face to face with someone whose mere personality was so fascinating that I have always been my own master; had at least always been so, till I met Dorian Gray Something seemed to tell me that I was on the verge of a terrible crisis in my life. I had a strange feeling that Fate had in store for me exquisite joys and exquisite sorrows Wilde, The parallels between what happened to Wilde in real life and what happens to Basil Hallward in the novel are immediately apparent.

It was as if Wilde had a prophetic insight into his own future. As widely known, Wilde himself was the child of parents with exceptional abilities, not to mention their eccentricities. It seems that these tendencies were destine to become concentrated in Wilde in a striking degree. Then, Wilde himself appeared also as an overgrown man with something not quite normal about his size Montgomery, According to T.

Wilson in Victorian Doctor quoted by H. Montgomery in The Trials of Oscar Wilde: Little boys are dressed as girls in part of rural Ireland, lest the fairies should steal them, for, of course, the fairies are only interested in little boys Montgomery, The inverted inclination of Wilde was latent in the beginning.

It did not become active until Wilde was in his early thirties. Before that, there were no signs of abnormality in his adolescence and early manhood.

On the contrary, his inclinations seemed to have been normal. He was deeply in love with his wife at the time of their marriage.

They had a normal life. Wilde was an enthusiastic lover to his wife before the rift between the couple took over, which then, turned Wilde into a man perverted in sexual taste. Okay, let me stop it right here. Yes, this is how I used to think about it when I was still in my undergraduate years. Before that, there were no signs of his being homosexual in his adolescence and early manhood.

On the contrary, his inclination seemed to have been heterosexual. Wilde was an enthusiastic lover to his wife before the rift between the couple took over, which then, turned Wilde into a homosexual. Okay, let me stop it right here again.

What on earth was I thinking? By this, I could easily judge that Wilde become a homosexual because he had an unhappy marriage with his wife? Wait, what an atrocious idea. That could not have been be the sole logic to say the least.

Gee, what was I thinking at the time? There are strong grounds for believing that Wilde initiate this perverted practices in when he first met a young boy named Robert Ross with whom Wilde got infatuated.

Robert Ross was then 17 and Wilde 32 at the time they met Montgomery, This admiration is clearly expressed in the conversations between Basil and Lord Henry. The first notion of this admiration is revealed when Lord Henry asks Basil the reason as to why he ceases his intention to exhibit the portrait of Dorian Gray which he claims to be his masterpiece.

In his reply, Basil says: Every portrait that is painted with the feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the colored canvas, revealed himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul Wilde, Basil Hallward realizes what will happen if he exhibits the portrait which he believes has revealed his private admiration for the irresistible beauty of Dorian Gray.

He is conscious not to let his soul, his private feeling towards Dorian, widely spotted and bared by other people whom he knows will never understand and, thus, accept this kind of admiration. Wilde himself admitted that he had delights in the society of people younger than himself. He recognized no social distinction at all of any kind.

As explained earlier, Wilde is so preoccupied with the glory and charms of Greek culture especially of its beauty that he, then, describes Dorian Gray as something comparable to that of Greek beauty as suggested by Basil Hallward: He is all my art to me now The first is the appearance of a new medium for art, and the second is the appearance of a new personality for art also.

What the invention of oil-painting was to the Venetians, the face of Antinous 13 was to Late Greek sculpture, and the face of Dorian Gray will someday to me There is nothing that Art cannot express and I know that the work I have done, since I met Dorian Gray, is good work, is the best work of my life It is in here that the terms of art and life become so strongly mixed.

Wilde could not help expressing what he felt and learned in life into his works. He admired the beauty of Greek culture as something precious and irresistible.

Nothing compared to such beauty. Thus, for Wilde, the young Dorian Gray was meant to be something of Greek Beauty which he deeply knew and admired. It is the dark reverse side of his lavish admiration of an ideal beauty—male beauty, an ideal companionship in the pursuit of art Gaunt, In admiring young people, Oscar Wilde, during his trial, stated that to admire and to love a young man is perfectly natural for any artist.

It is an incident in the life of almost every artist. Dorian Gray is to him a remarkable and beautiful personality. He is very fond of him Wilde, At this point Wilde regretted that there were people in the world who could not understand the intense devotion, affection, and admiration that an artist could feel for a wonderful and beautiful personality.

He felt sorry for it because to him such an affection was beautiful, fine, and noble. Wilde argued that there was nothing unnatural about it. It was intellectual and it may repeatedly exist between an elder and a younger man, when the elder had intellect, and the younger man had all the joy, hope, and glamor of life before him Montgomery, Indeed, this of feeling in all its aspects, then became a preoccupation for Wilde. In The Picture of Dorian Gray there is no doubt that a strong atmosphere of homosexuality also exists.

You became to me the invisible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream. I grew jealous of every one to whom you spoke. When you were away from me, you were still present in my art I only knew that I had seen perfection face to face, and that the world had become wonderful to my eyes—too wonderful, perhaps Weeks and weeks went on, and I grew more and more absorbed in you. And one day I determined to paint a wonderful portrait of you as you actually are, not in the costume of dead ages, but in your own dress and in your own time Whether it was the Realism of the method, or the mere wonder of your own personality, thus directly presented to me without mist of veil, I cannot tell.

But I know that as I worked at it, every flake of film of color seemed to me to reveal my secret. I grew afraid that others would know of my idolatry. Since Wilde visited Greece with his professor, Mahaffy, he was enlightened on the beauty of ancient world which was to him the evidence of a perfect beauty.

Wilde, since then, acquired curious interest in the beauty of art. A portrait like this would set you far above all the young men in England, and make the old men quite jealous, if old men are ever capable of any emotion. I have put too much of myself into it. Upon my word, Basil, I didn't know you were so vain; and I really can't see any resemblance between you, with your rugged strong face and your coal-black hair, and this young Adonis, who looks as if he was made out of ivory and rose-leaves.

Why, my dear Basil, he is a Narcissus, and you--well, of course you have an intellectual expression and all that. But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins.

Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid. Look at the successful men in any of the learned professions. How perfectly hideous they are!

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Except, of course, in the Church. But then in the Church they don't think. A bishop keeps on saying at the age of eighty what he was told to say when he was a boy of eighteen, and as a natural consequence he always looks absolutely delightful.

Your mysterious young friend, whose name you have never told me, but whose picture really fascinates me, never thinks. I feel quite sure of that. He is some brainless beautiful creature who should be always here in winter when we have no flowers to look at, and always here in summer when we want something to chill our intelligence. Don't flatter yourself, Basil: I know that perfectly well. Indeed, I should be sorry to look like him. He wants to see the picture Summary but Dorian refuses and tells him the picture has changed Published in , The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar and has a life of its own.

An immediate and popular success, for another painting. They argue and Dorian says that it has never been out of print. The story is set in London Basil has taught him to love only his own beauty. Chapters 9— Many years pass with terrible changes Although the novel never actually describes it, the reader to his soul because of his corrupt ways. He meets Basil in is aware that there is an undercurrent of sexuality in the street one night and invites him home.

They argue many of the relationships. Suddenly, Dorian feels hatred for Basil and kills writer to be honest about sexual matters. In the end, good him. Later, Dorian forces Campbell, a scientist he knows, triumphs over evil when Dorian kills himself. This is the to destroy all traces of the body using chemicals.

Chapters 12— Dorian decides to become a good person. Later Dorian becomes simply a moral fable.

The dialogue sparkles with numerous his soul. He stabs the picture and which have now become part of the English language.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The police arrive to These epigrams are often based on irony or a reversal of find the dead body of an old and ugly man lying next to a logic, a typical example of which is when Lord Henry says portrait of the young and beautiful Dorian Gray. A man cannot be too careful in choosing Background and themes his enemies. It is more like a myth or a morality tale than the realistic novels which readers are accustomed to nowadays. Discussion activities It contains so much dialogue that it is almost as if it is a Chapters 1—2 written version of a stage play.

This is not surprising as Before reading Wilde went on to write a series of very successful plays 1 Discuss: Ask the students to look at the picture on in the three years following its publication, including his the cover of the book.

Have you ever had your portrait masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest. What kind of person do you think this man is? Say why or why not. Have them list specific qualities desires. When they have soul is more valuable than anything he could possibly finished, have some of the pairs read their lists to the gain in the material world. See if other students agree, or have different Lord Henry represents the devil figure and Dorian Gray qualities on their lists. But he goes my friends for their beauty and my enemies for their too far by killing his old friend Basil Hallward and then intelligence.Suddenly he remembered his wish in Basil Hallward's house.

There's nothing to be sorry about. Suddenly he had an idea.

The Picture ' A face without a heart' 16 'you're going to be good? He is still haunted by his own fear. Since Wilde visited Greece with his professor, Mahaffy, he was enlightened on the beauty of ancient world which was to him the evidence of a perfect beauty. I've been looking for you for years, but I only knew the name that she used to call you - Prince Charming.

People are afraid of themselves today. Why should it stay young while I grow old? The picture is Dorian's.

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