The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde’s only novel is the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty.

In this celebrated work Wilde forged a devastating portrait of the effects of evil and debauchery on a young aesthete in late-19th-century England. Combining elements of the Gothic horror novel and decadent French fiction, the book centers on a striking premise: As Dorian Gray sinks into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigor while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world. For over a century, this mesmerizing tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde’s most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.

My Review:

Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is a haunting narrative that delves into the depths of human corruption and hedonism. The author masterfully crafts a tale where innocence collides with debauchery, ultimately leading to a chilling revelation of the consequences of one’s actions.

Central to the story is Dorian Gray, a young man whose encounter with the enigmatic Lord Henry sets him on a path of moral decay. What sets this narrative apart is the symbolism of a portrait painted by Basil, which magically ages and deteriorates as Dorian’s soul becomes increasingly tainted while he remains as young and beautiful as he was at the time of painting. This symbolic representation serves as a constant reminder of the consequences of his actions, even as he attempts to evade accountability.

The author expertly juxtaposes the characters of Lord Henry and Basil, portraying them as embodiments of temptation and virtue respectively. While Basil represents the voice of reason and goodness, Lord Henry embodies the seductive allure of decadence, leading Dorian down a path of self-destruction. Through their interactions, the author underscores the timeless struggle between good and evil, and the vulnerability of human nature to external influences.

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” stands as a timeless masterpiece, offering readers a chilling glimpse into the dark recesses of the human psyche. With its compelling narrative and profound moral insights, it remains a testament to Wilde’s unparalleled literary genius.

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