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A lush, cautionary tale of a lifetime of vileness and deception or a loving portrait of the classy impulse run rampant? Why now not both? After Basil Hallward paints a good looking, young mancff0478#39;s portrait, his subjectcff0478#39;s frivolous wish thon the picture modification and he remain the similar comes actual. Dorian graycff0478#39;s picture grows elderly and corrupt whilst he keeps to appear fresh and blameless. After he kills a young lady, "as indubitably as though I had lower her little throat with a knife," Dorian gray is surprised to seek out no difference in his vision or surroundings. "The roses don't seem to be much less beautiful for all that. The birds sing simply as fortunately in my lawn."

As Hallward tries to make sense of his creation, his epigram-glad friend Lord Henry Wotton encourages Dorian in his sensual quest with any number of Wildean paradoxes, together with the delightful "once we are glad we are all the time good, but when we are good we don't seem to be all the time glad." but regardless of its many languorous pleasures, the image of Dorian gray is an imperfect paintings. compared to the 2 (voyeuristic) older men, Dorian is a bore, and his seek for ever new sensations some distance much less a laugh than the novelcff0478#39;s drawing-room discussions. even more oddly, the moral message of the novel contradicts many of Wildecff0478#39;s meant targets, now not least "no artist has moral sympathies. an ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style." however, the glamour boy will get his simply deserts. And Wilde, protecting Dorian gray, had it both techniques: "All extra, as well as all renunciation, brings its own punishment."

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Released: 2009-10-27

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Penguin Classics) by Oscar Wilde


the image of Dorian gray was once a succès de scandale. Early readers have been surprised by means of its hints at unspeakable sins and the ebook was once overduer used as proof in opposition to Wilde on the vintage Bailey in 1895.

Enthralled by means of his own exquisite portrait, Dorian gray makes a Faustian bargain to promote his soul in exmodification for everlasting early life and attractiveness. beneath the affect of Lord Henry Wotton, he's drawn right into a corrupt double lifestyles, the place he is able to indulge his wants whilst remaining a gentleman within the eyes of polite society. handiest Doriancff0478#39;s picture bears the traces of his decadence.

A knowing account of a mystery lifestyles and an analysis of the darker aspect of overdue Victorian society. the image of Dorian gray offers a traumatic portrait of a person coming head to head with the truth of his soul.

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author: Oscar Wildepublisher: Penguin Classics H..Binding: HardcoverLanguage: EnglishPages: 304

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