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Plot[ edit ] It is London, Dorian Gray Hurd Hatfield 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 openly in the presence of an Egyptian cat statue with supposed mystical powers to grant wishes.
Dorian visits a tavern, where he falls in love with a beautiful singer named Sibyl Vane Angela Lansbury. He begins a romance with her, despite disapproval from Sibyl's brother James Richard Fraserand 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, Gray 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 Vane killed herself the previous night, after receiving Dorian's dismissive letter.
Gray is at first shocked and guilty but soon adopts Lord Henry's indifferent manner. He surprises Hallward by going to the opera that evening.
Gray has the portrait locked away in his old school room and disguises its location by firing servants who moved the painting. He becomes even more dedicated to a sinful and heartless life. Years later, Dorian Gray 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 pointless debauchery, the portrait has remained locked away, with Gray holding the only key. Gray 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 Gray has warped into a hideous, demon-like creature reflecting Dorian's sins. Basil Hallward, the painter, eventually sees his painting.
Shocked at its disfigurement, scarred "as if some moral leprosy was eating him away", Hallward encourages Gray to reform his life. However, Gray panics, murders his friend and seals his body in the school room next to the portrait.
He then starts a romance with Hallward's niece, Gladys Donna Reedwho was a child when the portrait was painted. Though Gladys had always loved Dorian, and is overjoyed when he proposes marriage, those close to Gray find him suspicious and changed.
Allen Campbell, distraught at his role in destroying Hallward's corpse, commits suicide. Gray begins to realize the harm he inflicts on himself and others. He is assaulted by James Vane, Sibyl's brother, who has sworn revenge for his sister's death.
Dorian, abusing his ever youthful appearance, deceives James by claiming his appearance is too youthful versus the man from eighteen years before. However, James soon guesses the truth, following Dorian Gray to his country estate, intending to achieve his revenge.Mar 03, · Dorian Gray leaves Sibyl and travels abroad and when he returns to London, Lord Henry tells him that Sibyl committed suicide for love.
Along the years, Dorian's friends age while he is still the same, but his picture discloses his evilness and corruptive life/10(K). The Picture of Dorian Gray is a American horror-drama film based on Oscar Wilde's novel of the same name.
Released in March by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film is directed by Albert Lewin and stars George Sanders as Lord Henry Wotton and Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray. The Picture of Dorian Gray could also be titled A Portrait of the Human Soul, for in his dark and tragic commentary Oscar Wilde spares no liberties in discussing morality, religion, society and the /5.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a Gothic and philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde, first published complete in the July issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. Fearing the story was indecent, the magazine's editor without Wilde's knowledge deleted roughly five hundred words before publication.
Characters. See a complete list of the characters in The Picture of Dorian Gray and in-depth analyses of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry Wotton, and Basil Hallward. The Picture of Dorian Gray (AmazonClassics Edition) and millions of other books are available for instant access.
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