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The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde This book is about an incredibly handsome young man named Dorian Gray. He was favoured by everyone and was also rich from an inheritance that he received. He was all-too-trusting and mingled with bad companions, namely Sir Henry Wotton. In the beginning, Basil Hallward, an artist paints a portrait of Dorian Gray. Through Sir Henry's influence, his attitude towards life changed when he saw his own portrait. He wanted to stay young forever, and as unchanging as the wonderful portrait that was painted of him. ...read more.

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Basil, as a painter, liked to surround himself with beautiful things. The story takes place in the 19th century in London. Dorian Gray is the most important character in the book. Throughout the story, readers can see the transformation of his life, from a nice, charming man, to a vicious monster. He was handsome, with blue eyes and gold coloured hair. The book described him as having "an aura of purity and youth that enveloped him". I feel that he is too easily influenced. Each time he tries to change for the better, Sir Henry will eventually manage to discourage him. ...read more.

Conclusion

He thought about the "death of his own soul" and wanted a new life. His thoughts confused him and the supernatural painting had scared him and reminded him of the people he killed. When he uncovered the painting, "a cry of pain and indignation broke from his lips". Finally, at the ending, he made a fateful decision. I think "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is an interesting book as it tells of the fate of a good man who suffered in the end because of the decisions he made and the influence he received. The ending is quite unexpected. This book is good for most and those who understand the scenes which are based in the 19th century. I think that this book is worth reading. ...read more.

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