The Picture of Dorian Grey

The Picture of Dorian Grey
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  • Exposition
  • Basil: I love creating art based on Dorian 
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  • Conflict
  • This picture cannot be seen, it reveals way too much
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  • Rising Action
  • What have I done?
  • Dorian is a wealthy and beautiful young man who immediately captures Basil’s artistic imagination. Dorian sits for several portraits, and Basil often describes him as an ancient Greek hero or a mythological figure
  • Climax
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  • When the story opens, the artist is completing his first portrait of Dorian as he truly is but as he admits to his friend Lord Henry Wotton the painting disappoints him because it reveals too much of his feeling for his type of art.
  • Falling Action
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  • Lord Henry gives Dorian a book that describes the wicked exploits of a nineteenth-century Frenchman's life, it becomes Dorian’s bible as he sinks ever deeper into a life of corruption. He lives a life devoted to garnering new experiences and sensations with no regard for conventional standards or the consequences of his actions.
  • Resolution
  • Dorian picks up the knife he used to stab Basil Hallward and attempts to destroy the painting. There is a crash, and his servants enter to find the portrait showing Dorian Gray as a beautiful young man. On the floor lies the body of their master old man, horribly wrinkled and disfigured, with a knife stabbed into his heart.
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  • Eighteen years pass. Dorian’s reputation suffers in circles of polite London society, where rumors spread regarding his scandalous life. His people continue to accept him because he remains young and beautiful. The figure in the painting, however, grows increasingly horrendus and hideous. 
  • What have I done to myself?
  • Good thing, people at least accept me...
  • The portrait reflects this hypocrisy and drives him to his final desperate act. He decides it is better to destroy the last evidence of his failure, the painting of his soul than face up to his own problems. The problems he seeks to destroy is himself therefore, by killing it, he kills himself.
  • Dorian Grey
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