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Dorian Gray

  Oscar Wilde


Chapter 1      Personal reaction                  page 3

Chapter 2      Analysis                           page 4 - 10

       2.1     Time and setting
       2.2     Title with explanation
       2.3     Character description
       2.4     Ending
       2.5     Point of view
       2.6     Theme(s)
       2.7     Symbols
       2.8     Summary
       2.9     Information about the author

Chapter 3      Vocabulary                         page 11 - 15

Chapter 4      Assignments                        page 16 - 19

      Section A                            page 16
          o Assignment 1: a new cover for the book to entice readers to buy it

      Section B                                  page 17
          o Assignment 5: 5 new titles

      Section C                             page 18 - 19
          o Assignment 15: a different ending to the story

             o Assignment 24: 5 answering machine welcoming messages of 5 of the
               main characters.

Chapter 5      Final conclusion                   page 19


Chapter 1    Personal reaction

I enjoyed reading the book, I found it quite interesting to read about the different
persons characters. To see Dorian Gray’s character change from being a perfectly
charming person, who is not aware of the fact that he has this natural charm, to a
hidious creature who is only obsessed with his appearence instead of his soul.
He is only focussed on his own feelings he only thinks of himself.

I am quite sure there are quite a lot of Dorian Grays in this world today, people who
are only busy with themselves and don’t care about others. It’s strange that a book
written a century ago is still so up-to-date now-a-days.


Chapter 2     Analysis

2.1    Time and setting

London, England; late nineteenth century

2.2    Title with explanation

The picture of Dorian Gray is a fantasy novel about a man who sells his soul for
youth. He owns a portrait of himself which does grow old and grimm as years pass.
The picture shows the actual Dorian.

2.3    Character description

Dorian Gray
A handsome, wealthy young gentleman, whose portrait is painted by artist Basil
Hallward. Dorian is under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian becomes
extremely concerned with the decay of his beauty and begins to pursue his own
pleasure above all else. He devotes himself to having as many experiences as
possible. He doesn’t think about hurting other people while doing so.

Lord Henry Wotton
A nobleman and a close friend of Basil Hallward. Urbane and witty, Lord Henry is
armed and ready with well-phrased epigrams criticizing the moralism and hypocrisy
of Victorian society. This plays a vital role in Dorian's development.

Basil Hallward
An artist, and a friend of Lord Henry. Basil becomes obsessed with Dorian after
meeting him at a party. He claims that Dorian possesses a beauty so rare that it has
helped him realize a new kind of art; through Dorian, he finds "the lines of a fresh
school." Dorian also helps Basil realize his artistic potential, as the portrait of Dorian
that Basil paints proves to be his masterpiece.

Sibyl Vane
A poor, beautiful, and talented actress with whom Dorian falls in love. Sibyl's love for
Dorian clouds her ability to act, as her experience of true love in life makes her
realize the emotions onstage are false and not true to the real experience. She used
to see life as if it were a play.

James Vane
Sibyl's brother, a sailor bound for Australia. James cares deeply for his sister and
worries about her relationship with Dorian. Distrustful of his mother's motives, he
believes that Mrs. Vane's interest in Dorian's wealth disables her from properly
protecting Sibyl. That’s why he has to leave her.


Mrs. Vane
Sibyl and James's mother. Mrs. Vane is a faded actress who has consigned herself
and her daughter to a tawdry theater company, the owner of which has helped her to
pay her debts. She thinks it’s a great idea for her daughter to marry Dorian because
of his wealth; this ulterior motive, however, clouds her judgment and leaves Sibyl

Alan Campbell
Once an intimate friend, Alan Campbell is one of many promising young men who
have severed ties with Dorian because of Dorian's sullied reputation. Alan is a great
chemist who is blackmaled by Dorian to get rid of the corps of Basil Hallward.

Lady Agatha
Lord Henry's aunt. Lady Agatha is active in charity work in the London slums.

Lord Fermor
Lord Henry's uncle. Lord Fermor tells Henry the story of Dorian's parentage.

Duchess of Monmouth
A pretty, bored young noblewoman who flirts with Dorian at his country estate.

Victoria Wotton
Lord Henry's wife. Victoria appears only once in the novel, greeting Dorian as he
waits for Lord Henry. She is described as an untidy, foolishly romantic woman with "a
perfect mania for going to church."

Dorian's servant. Although Victor is a trustworthy servant, Dorian becomes
suspicious of him and sends him out on needless errands to ensure that he does not
attempt to steal a glance at Dorian's portrait.

Mrs. Leaf
Dorian Gray's housekeeper. Mrs. Leaf is a bustling older woman who takes her work

2.4   Ending

In the book the soul of the real Dorian is connected with the painting. When Dorian
destroys the painting he actually kills himself and at the same time he gets his soul
back. The picture and the real Dorian change places.

2.5   Point of view

The points of view change in the book. The omniscient point of view is used to tell
about the scenery and it tells about the thoughts of the protagonists. The
protagonists have point of view is used in conversations between the different


2.6        Theme(s)1

Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work.

The Purpose of Art

Oscar Wilde said: the purpose of art is to have no purpose. In order to understand
this claim fully, one needs to consider the moral climate of Wilde's time and the
Victorian sensibility regarding art and morality. The Victorians believed that art could
be used as a tool for social education and moral enlightenment.
The aestheticism movement, of which Wilde was a major proponent, sought to free
art from this responsibility. The aestheticists were motivated as much by a contempt
for bourgeois morality—a sensibility that is embodied in Dorian Gray by Lord Henry
Wotton, whose every word seems designed to shock the ethical certainties of the
burgeoning middle class—as they were by the belief that art need not possess any
other purpose than being beautiful.

If this is the philosophy that informed Wilde's life, the reader must then consider
whether his only novel bears it out. The two works of art that dominate the novel—
Basil Hallward's painting and the mysterious yellow book that Lord Henry gives
Dorian Gray—are presented more in the vein of Victorian sensibilities than aesthetic
ones. That is, both the portrait and the French novel serve a purpose: the first acts as
a type of mysterious mirror that shows Dorian the physical dissipation his own body
has been spared, while the second acts as something of a road map, leading the
young man farther along the path toward infamy. While we know nothing of the
circumstances of the yellow book's composition, Basil Hallward's state of mind while
painting Dorian's portrait is clear. Later in the novel, he advocates that all art be
"unconscious, ideal and remote." His portrait of Dorian, however, is anything but.
Thus, Basil's initial refusal to exhibit the work results from his belief that it betrays his
idolization of his subject. Of course, one might consider that these breaches of
aesthetic philosophy mold The Picture of Dorian Gray into something of a cautionary
tale: these are the prices that must be paid for insisting that art reveals the artist or a
moral lesson. But this in itself is a moral lesson, which perhaps betrays the
impossibility of Wilde's project. If, as Dorian observes late in the novel, the
imagination orders the chaos of life and invests it with meaning, then art, as the fruit
of the imagination, cannot help but mean something. Wilde may have succeeded in
freeing his art from the confines of Victorian morality, but he has replaced it with a
doctrine that is, in its own way, just as restrictive.

The Supremacy of Youth and Beauty

The first principle of aestheticism, the philosophy of art by which Oscar Wilde lived, is
that art serves no other purpose than beauty. Throughout The Picture of Dorian Gray,
beauty reigns. It is a means to revitalize the wearied senses, as indicated by the
effect that Hallward's painting has on the cynical Lord Henry. It is also a means of
escaping the brutalities of the world: Dorian distances himself, not to mention his
consciousness, from the horrors of his actions by devoting himself to the study of
beautiful things—music, jewels, rare tapestries. In a society that prizes beauty so
highly, youth and physical attractiveness become great commodities. Lord Henry
    Themes: found on an internet site.


reminds Dorian of as much upon their first meeting, when he laments that the young
man will soon enough lose his most precious attributes. In Chapter XVII, the Duchess
of Monmouth suggests to Lord Henry that he places too much value on these things;
indeed, the demise of Dorian Gray confirms her suspicions. For although beauty and
youth remain of utmost importance at the end of the novel—the portrait is, after all,
returned to its original form—the novel suggests that the price one must pay for them
is exceedingly high. Dorian gives nothing less than his soul. Oscar Wilde, like his
fictional creation, committed a similar mistake when he sacrificed his career, his
reputation, and his livelihood for a beautiful, young boy who would later lead him to

The Superficial Nature of Society

It is no surprise that a society that prizes beauty above all else is a society founded
on a love of surfaces. What matters most to Dorian, Lord Henry, and the polite
company they keep is not whether a man is good at heart but rather whether he is
handsome. As Dorian evolves into the realization of a type, the perfect blend of
scholar and socialite, he experiences the freedom to abandon his morals without
censure. Indeed, even though, as Basil Hallward warns, his name and reputation are
being questioned by society's elite, Dorian is never ostracized. On the contrary,
despite his "mode of life," he remains at the heart of the London social scene
because of the "innocence" and "purity of his face." As Lady Narborough notes to
Dorian, there is little (if any) distinction between ethics and appearance: "you are
made to be good—you look so good."

The novel is intimately interested in issues of influence. The painting and the yellow
book have a profound effect on Dorian, influencing his course of action for nearly two
decades. Reflecting on Dorian's power over Basil and deciding that he would like to
seduce Dorian in much the same way, Lord Henry points out that there is "something
terribly enthralling in the exercise of influence." Falling sway to such influence is,
perhaps, unavoidable, but the novel ultimately censures the sacrifice of one's self to
another. Basil's idolatry of Dorian leads to his murder, whereas Dorian's downfall is
precipitated by his devotion to Lord Henry's hedonism and the yellow book. It is little
wonder, in a novel that prizes individualism—the uncompromised expression of
self—that the sacrifice of one's self, whether it be to another person or to a work of
art, leads to one's destruction.


2.7        Symbols

Symbols are objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent abstract ideas
or concepts.

James Vane
I think James Vane is kind of an embodiment of Dorian's tortured conscience. As
Sibyl's brother, he is a rather flat caricature of the avenging relative. Appearing at the
dock and later at Dorian's country estate, James Vane has an almost spectral,
ghostlike quality. James Vane appears with his face as "white as a handkerchief" to
set Dorian into accepting the crimes he has committed.

The Yellow Book2 - Lord Henry gives Dorian a copy of the yellow book as a gift.
Although he never gives the title, Wilde describes the book as a French novel that
charts the outrageous experiences of its pleasure-seeking protagonist. The book
becomes like holy scripture to Dorian, who buys nearly a dozen copies and bases his
life and actions on it. The book represents the profound and damaging influence that
art can have over an individual and serves as a warning to those who would
surrender themselves so completely to such an influence.

2.8        Summary

Dorian Gray is a very handsome younger man living in England. His artist friend,
Basil Hallward, is obsessed with his beauty and paints a perfect portrait of him.
Dorian sees the finished painting and wishes that the picture would grow old and ugly
instead of him - so he would stay just as the picture looks and the picture would look
like him. Lord Henry, another friend of Basil, talks to him about Dorian, and influences
Dorian to do many of the things he will.

Dorian falls in love with the acting of an actress, Sibyl Vane. She loves him back, but
being in love makes her act badly. He rejects her, and she commits suicide. After
this, Dorian notices that his painting has a sneer on it, so he locks it in an unused
room. Over eighteen years, Dorian becomes more and more evil, but looks the same
as always, while his painting has become ugly and distorted. Dorian eventually kills
Basil for discovering his secret.

Dorian feels guilty over this, and goes to an opium parlor to lose himself. There, he
sees Sibyl's brother, who tries to kill him, but he escapes. Later, the brother is
accidentally killed by some hunters. Dorian decides to make up for the past life and
become a new man, but with the help of his painting, he realizes he is just a
hypocrite. He stabs the painting. His maids hear a crash, and goes to see what
happened. The painting is just like it was when it was painted, and Dorian is lying
stabbed on the floor, looking like an old, ugly man.

    The yellow book: found on an internet site


2.9    Information about the author

Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and dramatist whose reputation rests on his comic
masterpieces Lady Wintermere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest. Among
Wilde's other best-known works are his only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, which
deals very similar theme as Robert Luis Stevenson's Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde.
Wilde's fairy tales are very popular - the motifs have been compared to those of Hans
Christian Andersen.

Wilde was born in Dublin to unconventional parents - his mother Lady Jane
Francesca Wilde (1820-96), was an poet and journalist. Her pen name was Sperenza
and she warded off creditors by reciting Aeschylus. His father was Sir William Wilde,
an Irish antiquarian, gifted writer, and specialist in diseases of the eye and ear. Wilde
studied at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh (1864-71), Trinity
College, Dublin (1871-74) and Magdalen College, Oxford (1874-78), where he was
taught by Walter Patewr and John Ruskin. In Oxford Wilde shocked the pious dons
with his irreverent attitude towards religion and was jeered at his eccentric clothes.
He collected blue china and peacock's feathers, and later his velvet knee-breeches
drew much attention.

In 1878 Wilde received his B.A. and on the same year he moved to London. His
lifestyle and humourous wit made him soon spokesman for Aestheticism, the late
19th century movement in England that advocated art for art's sake. He worked as
art reviewer (1881), lectured in the United States and Canada (1882), and lived in
Paris (1883). Between the years 1883 and 1884 he lectured in Britain. From the mid-
1880s he was regular contributor for Pall Mall Gazette and Dramatic View. In 1884
Wilde married Constance Lloyd (died 1898) and to support his family Wilde edited in
1887-89 Woman's World magazine. In 1888 he published The Happy Prince and
Other Tales, fairy-stories written for his two sons. The Picture of Dorian Gray followed
in 1890 and next year he brought out more fairy tales. The marriage ended in 1893.
Wilde had met an few years earlier Lord Alfred Douglas ('Bosie'), an athlete and a
poet, who became both the love of the author's life and his downfall.

Wilde made his reputation in theatre world between the years 1892 and 1895 with a
series of highly popular plays. Lady Wintermere's Fan (1892) dealt with a
blackmailing divorcée driven to self-sacrifice by maternal love. In A Woman of No
Importance (1893) an illegitime son is torn between his father and mother. An Ideal
Husband (1895) dealt with blackmail, political corruption and public and private
honour. The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) was about two fashionable young
gentlemen and their eventually successful courtship.

Before the theatrical success Wilde produced several essays, many of these
anonymously. His two major literary-theoretical works were the dialogues 'The Decay
of Lying' (1889) and 'The Critic as Artist' (1890). In the latter Wilde lets his character
state, that criticism is the superior part of creation, and that the critic must not be fair,
rational, and sincere, but possessed of 'a temperament exquisitely susceptible to
beauty'. In a more traditional essay The Soul of a Man Under Socialism (1891) Wilde
takes an optimistic view of the road to socialist future. He rejects the Christian ideal of
self-sacrifice in favor of joy.


Although married and the father of two children, Wilde's personal life was opent to
rumours. His years of triumph ended dramatically, when his intimate association with
Alfred Douglas led to his trial on charges of homosexuality (then illegal in Britain). He
was sentenced two years hard labour for the crime of sodomy. During his first trial
Wilde defended himself, that "the 'Love that dare not speak its name' in this century
is such a great affection of an eleder for a younger man as there was between David
and Jonathan, such as Plato made the very basis of his philosphy, and such as you
find in the sonnets of Michelangelo and Shakespeare... There is nothing unnatural
about it." Mr. Justice Wills, stated when pronouncing the sentence, that "people who
can do these things must be dead to all senses of shame, and one cannot hope to
produce any effect upon them."

Wilde was first in Wandsworth prison, London, and then Reading Gaol. When he was
at last allowed pen and paper after more than 19 months of deprivation, Wilde had
became inclined to take opposite views on the potential of humankind toward
perfection. During this time he wrote DE PROFUNDIS (1905), a dramatic monologue
and autobiography, which was addessed to Alfred Douglas.

After his release in 1897 Wilde lived under the name Sebastian Melmoth in Berneval,
near Dieppe, then in Paris. He wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol, revealing his
concern for inhumane prison conditions. It is said, that on his death bed Wilde
became a Roman Catholic. He died of cerebral meningitis on November 30, 1900,
penniless, in a cheap Paris hotel at the age of 46.


Chapter 3   Vocabulary

  1) Ardour                 hitte, vuur, ijver
  It seemed to bring him back his joyousness and his ardour for life.
  - In the ardour of the fight, a spark of hope arose.

  2) Anguish            (ziels)angst, (folterende) pijn
  His own nature had revolted against the excess of anguish.
  - My anguish doesn’t matter to him of does it?

  3) Atonement           verzoening, boetedoening, vergoeding
  ..and to make public atonement.
  - On Sunday I am going to make atonement in church.

  4) Automatons          automaten
  to move to their end as automatons move.
  - Some people I know, are real automatons. They simply lack the ability to think.

  5) Beater              drijver, stamper
  I have hit a beater.
  - The beaters are doing their best to keep the flock of sheep together.

  6) Bestial               dierlijk, beestachtig
  ..the face grow bestial, sodden and unclean
  - I’ve been destroying the wall in my house in a bestial way.

  7) Bonnet              platte Schotse mannenmuts
  I couldn’t have a scene in this bonnet
  - In February we are going to dress up for carnaval like true Scotsmen, wearing
  kilts and bonnets.

  8) Brevity                kort, beknoptheid
  ..his terrible warning of its brevity
  - My mother doesn’t know the meaning of the word brevity

  9) Capricious           grillig, nukkig a capricious moment of annoyance
  - I am quite honest by saying I get capricious when I think of all the words I still
  have to put into a sentence.

  10) Candour              oprechtheid, eerlijkheid, openhartigheid
  it would have all the surprise of candour
  - The children in my class always show candour to me.

  11) Carnal              vleselijk, zinnelijk age grossly carnal in its pleasures
  - Drinking wine is a carnal pleasure I greetly enjoy.


12) Carriage              rijtuig, wagon
..her carriage is waiting
- I hope to go to Austria next year and we like to travell in a first class carriage.

13) Conception           voorstelling, begrip, opvatting
..through which he could realize his conceptoin of the beautiful.
- This bookreport is, in my conception, quite superb.

14) Consequence       gevolg, uitwerking, consequentie
I am prevented from coming in consequence of a subsequent engagement.
- The consequence of buying a house is that one doesn’t get enough sleep to do
ones chores.

15) Despatch              verzenden, afmaken, naar de andere wereld helpen, vlug
                          afdoen, verorberen, snel naar binnen werken.
..reason of his birth, his indolence, the good English of his despatches.
- This Christmas holiday I have despatched to much food and now I have to work
very hard in the gym to tone my body to its former shape.

16) Detestable            afschuwelijk
The costume of the nineteenth century is detestable
- It is detestable that some people can’t behave in a normal manner.

17) Dowdy                slecht gekleed, slordig, onelegant.
..but so dreadfully dowdy
- At formal occasions it is not very proper to look dowdy.

18) Embroidered        geborduurd an embroidered glove ...
- My grandmother isn’t fond of making embroidered quilts.

19) Enthralling        verslavend
..there was something terrible enthralling in the exercise....
- Driving like a madman is very dangerous but also very enthralling indeed.

20) Exquisite           voortreffelijk, heerlijk, verfijnd, keurig, gracieus
..behind every exquisite thing that existed.
- The Christmas dinner was, as always, exquisite.

21) Facile                gemakkelijk, vaardig, vlot, luchthartig, oppervlakkig
He invented a facile excuse..
- The translation of facile is quite difficult. A person can be shallow but does that
also mean that he’s facile?

22) Fidelity            getrouwheid, trouw, getrouwe weergave
..what a fuss people make about fidelity.
- The man, who was standing in front of the alter, thought long and hard about the
meaning of fidelity before giving his answer to the priest.


23) Gauntleted           gepanserd
carrying hooded birds on their gauntleted wrists
- The door of the fault was really gauntleted.

24) Impassive           ongevoelig, onaandoenlijk, gevoelloos, onverstoorbaar.
the man was quite impassive.
- I can hardly imagine what it must be like to be an impassive person.

25) Indolence             vadsig, traag
..reason of his birth, his indolence, the good English of his despatches.
- The indolence woman moved languidly to the couch with a large bowl of
popcorn to spend an evening in front of the television.

26) Iniquities           zondes
Smite us for our iniquities..
- I am going to church to make atonement for my iniquities.

27) Iridescent           regenboogkleurig
..made it iridescent with fancy
- When my girlfriend entered the room she smiled with iridescent pleasure

28) Keenness            vurigheid, hartstochtelijkheid, gebrandheid
..give his wit keenness
- I am overwhelmed with keenness to finish this report before sunrise.

29) Languidly             kwijnend, smachtend, loom, lusteloos, mat, slap
..the two men sauntered languidly to the table.
- The girl was sitting in front of the window languidly waiting for her boyfriend to

30) Loathsome            walglijk
The thing was still loathsome..
- Our house still looks rather loathsome but we will manage to transform it into our
own little palace.

31) Maim                  verminken
..that had sought to maim and mar the perfection of its calm.
- It is not very nice to maim the effort of your pupils.

32) Mar                bederven, ontsieren
..that had sought to maim and mar the perfection of its calm.
The boy mared the meeting with his presence.

33) Manger             kribbe, voerbak, trog
..and supped in an ivory manger ..
The manger was filled with many flowers and plants.


34) Mouldings             profiellijst, afdruk
..its tarnished gilt mouldings..
- The mouldings of his teeth got lost at the dentist.

35) Obsequious           kruiperig, onderdanig, overgedienstig, gehoorzaam spite of the obsequious protests of Mr H.
- I have shed a tear over the fact that I lack obsequious pupils.

36) Pomander          reukbal a gilded pomander and by an amber chain.
- The maid put a pomander in the shorts of the man.

37) Placid              rustig, vreedzaam, kalm
It was like a placid mask of servility
- The lake was placid on this lovely Sunday morning.

38) Procuring           gekoppelde, bezorgde, krijgen
..a method of procuring sensations.
- The building collapsed after several procuring blasts.

39) Quiver               trillen, sidderen, beven
It made each delicate fibre of his nature quiver.
- I always quiver all over at the site of my girlfriend.

40) Sauntered          drentelen, slenteren, kuieren
The two men sauntered languidly to the table..
- Some people like to saunter past all the shops, I really don’t like to do that at all.

41) Servility           slaafsheid, onderworpenheid
It was like a placid mask of servility.
- I enjoy the atmosphere of servility in my classroom. (just kidding)

42) Sodden               doorweekt, doornat, doortrokken, verzopen..
..the face grow bestial, sodden and unclean.
- The cat was sodden because of a rather unpleasant rainstorm.

43) Sordid                vuil, vies, laag, gemeen, onsmakelijk, vrekkig
S Vane was lying dead in some sordid lodging.
- I really wouldn’t want to live in a sordid neighbourhood.

44) Subaltern             ondergeschikte
..a subaltern in a foot regiment.
- The dog behaved in a subaltern manner.

45) Subsequent            daarop volgend, later, vervolgens, daarna
I am prevented from coming in consequence of a subsequent engagement.
- I have to finish this report and subsequent I have to visit a friend of mine.


46) Supped              avond voer geven aan het vee
..and supped in an ivory manger ..
My cat is going to be supped after I come back from my friend.

47) Tarry                 dralen, toeven, wachten, vertoeven, verblijven
Let it tarry there for a moment.
- We are going to tarry at his place for a few hours.

48) Tarnished             dof geworden
..its tarnished gilt mouldings..
- My cutlery tarnished rather quickly after we washed it in Dreft Ultra.

49) Travail               ontberingen, zware arbeid, zwoegen
..worlds had to be in travail.
- I am in travail preparing my classes for next week.

50) Waning             bleek worden, wan = bleek, ziekelijk
It was already waning.
My face was waning when I saw what they did to my classroom.

51) Wry                   scheef, verdraaid, wrang, droog, een zuur gezicht
..making a wry face
It is unpolite to wry my intentions.


Chapter 4     Assignments

Section A: Assignment 1: a new cover for the book to entice readers to buy it

                                 The picture
                                 Dorian Gray

                                     By Oscar Wilde

Dorian Gray, the person and the picture are entangled. There is but a fine line
between dignity and contempt for all life around yourself. One’s true nature is often
not visible from the outside. You have to look in one’s soul to see one’s true nature.
Dorian isn’t anywhere near the person you take him to be. It’s true nature lies behind
the facade of youth. It’s true self doesn’t look like the person you can see but still it is
the same person.


Section B: Assignment 5: 5 new titles

Title 1:      A journey of a decaying soul

The book tells the story of Dorian’s life in which he tries to enjoy his curse. When it’s
to late he realizes that he should had put an end to his life a long time before. Only
then he realizes that he has been living a lie whole his life.

Title 2:      A deceptive appearance

From the outside Dorian seems to be a pure and honourable young man but his soul
is rotten through.

Title 3:      Salvation through beauty

In the book Mr. Hallward and Miss. Vane come to their senses after having
experienced the beauty of Dorian. Mr. Hallward finds inspiration again to paint and
Miss Vane learns to live in the real world... for just a short period of time.

Title 4:      Dishounesty to one’s soul leads to despair

No matter how well you can lie to yourself. In the end everyone comes to their
senses and can’t go on in the same way. Never lie to yourself, it will always backfire
upon you.

Title 5:      Party to the end

Everyone dies someday, just enjoy your time to the maximum.


Section C: Assignment 15: a different ending to the story

Dorian was sitting in his chair in front of the fire, the light shone in his face. He was
thinking. ‘I murdered Basil, will I always be burdenend by my past. Do I really need to
confess this sin. No, I can’t, I will never do such a thing. There is only one bit of
evidence left against me. That picture Basil made. When I destroy it nothing is left.
Why have I kept it so long?’ Once it had given him pleasure to see it change and
grow old. But lately he had felt no such thing. It had kept him awake at night. It had
kept him awake at night. When he had been away, he had been filled with terror lest
other eyes should look upon it...........’No, this had to end, right here and right now.’

Dorian went upstairs and opened the room. He looked round and saw the knife that
had stabbed Basil. It was bright and glistened. As it had killed the painter so would it
kill the painter’s work, and all that it meant. It would kill this monstrous soul-life and
without its hideous warnings, he would be at peace. He seized the thing, and.............

There was a cry heard, and a crash. The cry was so horrible in its agony that the
frightened servants woke and crept out of their rooms. They got dressed and went to
see what was wrong. When they arrived to the scene of the cry they saw their master
.....sobbing, he was holding something in his hands, it looked like a frame.

‘No, I can’t live like this anymore, I have to redeem myself in the best way I see fit. I
am going to leave my house in your hands for the next five years.’ The servants were
astonished by his words and gazed at him in amazement. ‘Yes, it is the only way, I
am going to Tibet and become a monk and devote my live to god. Perhaps he can
set my soul free. I just can’t stand the pain any longer.

And so Dorian set off to Tibet. He became a monk and devoted his live to god. Did he
manage to set his soul free? I don’t know... What do you think?


Section C: Assignment 24: 5 answering machine welcoming messages of 5 of
the main characters.

Dorian Gray:
Unfortunately I’m not in. If you think you are worthy of conversing with me keep
trying. Maybe you’ll reach me eventually.

Lord Henry Wotton:
To be there or not to be there, that’s the question and I am out. Leave your name and
number after the beep and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Basil Hallward:
Hi there my muse, it’s a radiant colourful day, inspiration is in the air so I am out
Try again later or leave your name and number after the beep.

Sibyl Vane:
Sorry, I’m not in right now, please please leave you message on my answering
machine. I promise to call you as soon as I get home. Sorry again.

James Vane:
Hello, this is James. Leave you name… I will call you back.

Chapter 5     Final conclusion

I enjoyed reading the book, I found it quite interesting to read about the different
persons characters. To see Dorian Gray’s character change from being a perfectly
charming person, who is not aware of the fact that he has this natural charm, to a
hidious creature who is only obsessed with his appearence instead of his soul.
He is only focussed on his own feelings he only thinks of himself.

I am quite sure there are quite a lot of Dorian Grays in this world today, people who
are only busy with themselves and don’t care about others. It’s strange that a book
written a century ago is still so up-to-date now-a-days.

After having finished all the assignments I have to say I understand the book a bit
more. The assignments force you to think further about some aspects I missed
before. In the book I was mainly focussed on Dorian but offcourse the other
characters have their own story to tell as well.


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