Wilde, Oscar: The picture of Dorian Gray

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The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Dorian Gray: Dorian Gray is really beautiful. There is something in his face that makes one trust him at once. Dorian fascinates everyone with his beauty and youth. Lord Henry Wotton: Called Harry is as fascinating as Dorian but he fascinates with theories and thoughts, not with looks and is very cynic. Basil Hallward: A painter who paints a portrait of Dorian. Basil needs an ideal in his art, this ideal is Dorian, so he becomes dominated by Dorian s personality The artist Basil painted a full-length portrait of a young man of extraordinary personal beauty. From the Lords point of view beauty ends where an intellectual expression begins because the moment one sits down to think the intellect destroys the harmony of any face. So in the Lord s opinion the man in the picture never thinks because he is so beautiful. In Basils opinion the ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world because if they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They have an undisturbed life. Although Basil has loves secrets he tells Henry who the man in the picture is: Dorian Gray. Basil tells Lord Henry that when he first saw Dorian, he knew that he had come face to face with someone whose personality was so fascinating that, if he allowed it to do so, it would absorb his whole nature, his soul, his very art itself. Dorian and Basil became friends at once. Basil sees Dorian every day because likes to paint him. ...

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