The Picture of Dorian Gray, Paperback Book

The Picture of Dorian Gray Paperback

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4 out of 5 (13 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780486278070

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The moral tale of a man whose debauched life leaves a mark on his portrait instead of himself.

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Who can not recommend Oscar Wilde? Wonderful, the story in it's purest form

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Wilde very literally depicts the transformation of the self through "The Picture of Dorian Gray." Attractive young Dorian Gray's downward spiral into immorality is shown not on his own character, but on a painting crafted by an artist named Basil. Gray's moral decay ultimately leads to the murder of Basil, simply for wanting to look at the painting he crafted. While the beginning and the end of this text are very interesting, the middle tends to drag with tales of Gray's social outings, so it may be necessary to find entertaining ways to engage the text to keep students from losing interest. Ultimately, as adolescence is a time of personal growth and transformation, students will likely be able to relate to Gray's struggle with his changing self. Hopefully, the pictures of your students would be less ghastly than that of Dorian Gray. It would be interesting to have them draw their own pictures and see what they turn out to be.

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The picture of Dorian Gray is talk about a preson is very overconfident because of a picture.the preson's name is Dorian Gray,and his friend draw a picture for him,and young DG found this picture for the first time,he resented portrait wishing it grow old and ugly instead of him,but it becames truth and in the end he killed many people who found his secreat ,so he dead because of his picture. Wilde wrote this book for satirize the dark of that time and the corruption of human natural,he described it fully.It told us everything is not prefect and we should treat everything as normal.

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A very interesting tale of man, sin, and soul. Very thought provoking and highly thematic and philosophical. However, I believe it is a bit overdone at times and suffers from boring diatribes and tirades. Nevertheless, a good example of highfalutin and verbose use of the English language.

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