The Picture of Dorian Gray
The story begins in an artists home in the city of London. The artist, named Basil Howard, is talking with his friend Lord Henry about his newly found inspiration otherwise known as Dorian Gray. They discuss how innocent and handsome he is which of course leads to Lord Henry asking to meet and talk with him. Basil, fearing Henry's potential inluence on Dorian, asks him to leave. As if on some certain que Dorian arrives and meets Lord Henry for the first time. From that point on Lord Henry manages to corrupt Dorian and forever change him to only act upon his own pleasures. Following this Basil completes the portrait of Dorian that he had been working on and presents it to him so that he can take it home for himself to look upon his beauty. After seeing this Dorian proclaims that he wishes that if only the painting could bear the burden of age and emotional decay while he himself remaind young forever.
Over time Lord Henry's influence takes affect over Dorian and he begins to take action upon his own intersts and nothing else. One of these examples is an actress named Sybil Vane. He fell madly in love with her mainly just over her talents. So, when she told him that she can no longer act in love because she has found that in Dorian and wants to quit, Dorian dumps her pretty badly. When Dorian gets home he notices that his portrait has changed for the worse. When he tries to make amends with Sybil he finds out that she has commited suicide. Eventually Dorian shakes this off with the help of Lord Henry and becomes more and more corrupt and sinful. Years pass and Dorian continues his sinful actions. Then one day Basil arrives at Dorians house, begging him to ask for forgiveness. Dorian says no and shows Basil what has become of his painting. Seeing how hideous and disgusting it has become Basil and Dorian argue. In a fit of rage Dorian stabs and kills his old friend Basil. Time passes and Dorian starts to try to make amends for what he has done. When none of that works Dorian sees his grotesque painting and tries to destroy it. Throughout the house there is a clatter and when Dorian's servants come to see what has happened they find a painting of a beautiful Dorian Gray on the wall and an old ugly man on the floor dead with a knife in his heart.
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The story begins when Mr. Utterson, Dr. Jekyll's lawyer, is on his routine walk with his friend Mr. Enfield. While they are walking they witness this man who (later to be revealed as Mr. Hyde) tramples a little girl. When provoked by an angry crowd Mr. Hyde gives the family of the girl a check written by Dr. Jekyll. Later Mr. Utterson then recieves the news from Dr. Jekyll that Mr. Hyde would recieve his house in the case of his dissapearence or death. Nothing then really happens until the next year....