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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Irish writer Oscar Wilde

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

is a short story written by Oscar Wilde in 1890. The story centers on the portrait of a man named Dorian Gray, who has been painted by an artist named Basil Hallward. In the painting, Dorian Gray’s face is youthful and beautiful, while his hands are wrinkled and pale—a representation of his evil soul.

When Basil visits Dorian’s house to show him the painting, he notices that Dorian has grown old and wrinkled in real life. He also notices that Dorian is vain and superficial—and that his portrait reflects this superficiality. He begins to question whether it would be possible for an image to change over time, as well as whether one should try to preserve their youth or beauty by doing away with it altogether.

The story ends when Basil dies from consumption (tuberculosis). Just before he dies, Basil tells Dorian: “You are young and beautiful still; you have only grown old without my help.” This line suggests that even though Basil grew old without letting the viewer know it, he still wanted his friend to live forever in his memory—to be remembered by those who knew him as young and beautiful.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novella by Oscar Wilde and published in 1890. It has been adapted for film twice, once in 1945 starring Laurence Olivier and Basil Rathbone and again in 1996 starring Heath Ledger and Nicole Kidman.

The story tells of a portrait by an artist named Basil Hallward that begins to age. The portrait shows Dorian Gray as an older man with a full head of hair and an athletic body, whereas the real Dorian Gray is merely middle-aged with thinning hair and an old-fashioned body. The artist Basil Hallward paints the portrait before he realizes it shows the aging process of the model, so he only paints what he sees in front of him at that moment in time—which is why it shows Dorian Gray as younger than his actual age.

The portrait ends up being stolen by Lord Henry Wooton, who wants to use it as a means of blackmailing Dorian Gray into committing suicide by having him marry young Lilias Elwes. When Lord Henry discovers this plan, however, he keeps his promise not to reveal anything about Dorian’s relationship with Lilias Elwes except that they were engaged one day before Lord Henry stole Dorian’s picture from Hallward’s

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a short story by Oscar Wilde that was first published in the September 1890 edition of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. It tells the story of a young man named Lord Henry Wotton who visits his friend, Dorian Gray, and witnesses him become increasingly corrupt over time due to his painting abilities. The title refers to Dorian’s portrait which depicts him at his most beautiful; as he ages and becomes more ugly, his portrait becomes progressively more gruesome.

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