Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray
- What is the author trying to say about life through this book?
Explain why you think so.
I am not to sure on exactly what the author is trying to say through
this book. I think he is telling us to live a full and moral life.
Well I don't think he expects us to lead a completely moral life, but
because of the picture of Dorian's soul I think he was trying to say
lead a good life. He wants us to know that we can sin, its completely
normal, but the more you do it the uglier your soul gets.
He's saying that youth is innocence and it fades with age and sin. And
since Dorian remained youthful in appearance the portrait became
haggard and ugly. He is also saying that other people cause a huge
influence on people. He shows this with Lord Henry influencing Dorian
from an innocent young man to a horrible person with a youthful
appearance. Also media has an influence on people. He shows this
through that book Lord Henry gave to Dorian, which consumed him.
I think this because as I was reading the book I could see that Lord
Henry had great influences on Dorian. And Basil realized this as well.
Lord Henry corrupted Dorian with his odd philosophies and views on
life. Dorian began to think that Lord Henry's thinking was the only
way to live and get by in the world.
You see this sort of thing happen all the time even today. There is
peer pressure, I don't believe in it unless the person being pressured
has horrible friends and no self-esteem, and there is great influence
from the media. All of these things are shown in this book. I think
that this book is very good, though a little drawn out at some points.
But, it relates to some issues of today and I think that it is
important for a good book to do.
- Did you like then ending of this book? Why or why not? Do you think
there is more to tell? What do you envision happening?
I really liked the ending of this book. It came to me as a surprise
and I like reading books with a twist on the end. I did not expect
that to happen at all. I thought he was going to be murdered or turn
himself around, or even commit suicide, but just not by stabbing the
I also like it because the end twisted and made sense. Not all books
can do that. And I liked the idea of killing the soul in the picture,
resulting in his own death. It was a very good ending.
I think that there is some more to tell at the end. Like there should
be an after-word or something like that. I wanted to know what
happened when the people discovered his body looking the way it did at
the end and if people realized that the picture had something to do
with his death.
I also wanted to know if anyone had found out about the death of Basil
or why that sailor was hunting Dorian at the end. All of these things
should have been told, instead the author leaves the reader hanging
and having to figure it our for themselves.
I guess that can be ok to do, but I always like to know what happens