The Picture Of Dorian Gray Essay

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# #Ashley Harris Ms. Wojcok December 10, 2001 The Picture of Dorian Gray In Oscar Wilde'sThe Picture of Dorian Gray the character Dorian changes from a good and innocent person to a cruel and cold-hearted murderer through the influence of people he meets. At the beginning of the book when he doesn't know many people he is good and everyone likes him and adores him, and is even a little bit jealous of him. By the end of the book nobody likes him anymore because of the person he becomes. His inner personality never shows on him, but he can see it in the portrait Basil painted of him.Dorian was the kind of person everyone adored. Everyone thought he was beautiful and were fascinated by him, People were fascinated with him from first sight like Basil was. Basil described his first encounter with Dorian, "When out eyes met, I felt that I was growing pale... I knew that I had come face to face with someone who's mere personality was so fascinating that if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself." (Wilde 24) Right away Lord Henry saw something in Dorian that made him want to get to know him and become and influence in his life. Lord Henry told Dorian, " The moment I met you I saw that you were quite unconscious of what you might be. There was so much in you that charmed me that I felt I must tell you something about yourself." (Wilde 39) Basil painted the perfect picture of Dorian that showed the true wonder and beauty of Dorian, inside and out. Lord Henry thought it was the best portrait of their time ever painted saying, "It is the finest portrait of modern times." (Wilde 41) At first the painting brought Dorian happiness. When he looked at his own portrait, " A look of joy came into his eyes." (Wilde 41) Lord Henry's influence began a little bit after the portrait was painted. Lord Henry told Dorian how awful it was going to be for him to get older and loose his looks. Dorian then began to think about it and made a wish that he would trade places with the portrait, that he would stay forever young and handsome and the portrait would grow old and show the signs of his sins. "If only it were the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that-for that-I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!" (Wilde 42) That was the first major turning point of Dorian's life and it came from Lord Henry.Dorian was beginning to fall under Lord Henry's influence until he met Sibyl Vane. Once he met her he was under both her and Lord Henry's influence and tried following each person's words but didn't know whom he should really listen to. "When I close my eyes I hear [Lord Henry and Sibyl's voices], and each of them says something different. I don't know which to follow." (Wilde 67) When he was with Sibyl he loved her and wanted to do as she thought, he regretted listening to Lord Henry. "When I am...

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