English Book Report: the Picture of Dorian Gray

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William Sawalha

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  • Youth is such a great thing, I wish that I could stay young  for ever, and instead, the portrait gets old.
  • I don't think you would like that, Basil, would you?
  • No, i wouldn't like it at all.
  • Lord Henry is right. You like your paintings more than you like your friends.  How long will you like me? Until I grow old, I suppose. Am I wrong?!
  • Dorian thinks that youth is the most important aspect of life, and that looks can make everybody like you. This involves deception, as Dorian actually ends up doing really bad things towards the end of the novel, however, he is still loved by many, including Lord Henry.
  • Why should it stay young while I grow old? I wish the picture could change, and I could stay as I am. I would give anything! Yes, anything for that.
  • N-no... that's not it. I-
  • Basil disagrees with Dorian, however at the beginning of the novel, when Lord Henry and Basil are conversing together, Lord Henry says "I really can't see any resemblance between you, with your rugged strong face and your coal-black hair, and this young Adonis, who looks as if he was made out of ivory and rose-leaves" (Wilde, page 139)
  • Dorian, Dorian! Don't talk like that. You know you are  my dearest friend!
  • Dorian complains that Basil's freindship towards him is fake and only relys on how young Dorian looks, and he suspects that the ugly truth is that no matter how many bad things you do, people will still like you as long as you are young and beautiful.
  • What have you been teaching him? Why didn't you go away when i asked you?
  • Here, Dorian makes the wish that ends in his demise. He wishes for the portrait that Basil painted to get old and rugged in his place. The wish comes true and when Dorian kills Basil, it is shown in the book that the portrait becomes ugly and old has an evil face, meaning that that would be Dorian if he hadn't made this wish.
  • Lord Henry here is suspecting that the book he gave Dorian is the one that is causing his attitude 
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  • I only gave him a book - that's all.
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