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The Portrait of Dorian Gray FULL Summary

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Garry Leonard

Chapter 2 Basil tells Dorian that Henry is a bad influence and not to listen to him during the painting Henry: "There is no such thing as a good influence, Mr. Gray. All influence is immoral--immoral from the scientific point of view." "Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him. The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly--that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self. Of course, they are charitable. They feed the hungry and clothe the beggar. But their own souls starve, and are naked. Courage has gone out of our race. Perhaps we never really had it. The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion--these are the two things that govern us. And yet--" Henrys words created a wonderful experience on Dorians face "Yes," continued Lord Henry, "that is one of the great secrets of life--to cure the soul by means of the senses, and the senses by means of the soul. You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know." Henry emphasizes youth and beauty to Dorian A new Hedonism Through Basils painting, Dorian first realized his own youth and beauty Thinks of Henrys words of youth Painting is the property of Dorian, given to him in June 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! "I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day--mock me horribly!" The hot tears welled into his eyes; he tore his hand away and, flinging himself on the divan, he buried his face in the cushions, as though he was praying. Dorian claims he is worth less than a green bronze figure I am less to you than your ivory Hermes or your silver Faun. You will like them always. How long will you like me? Till I have my first wrinkle, I suppose. I know, now, that when one loses one's good looks, whatever they may be, one loses everything. Your picture has taught me that. Lord Henry Wotton is perfectly right. Youth is the only thing worth having. When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself. Dorian stops Basil from ripping up the canvas With a stifled sob the lad leaped from the couch, and, rushing over to Hallward, tore the knife out of his hand, and flung it to the end of the studio. "Don't, Basil, don't!" he cried. "It would be murder!" Dorian picks Henry to the theatre rather than dining with Basil Chapter 3 Margret Devereaux is the mother of Dorian Married to a soldier Extremely beautiful Committed suicide within a year of husbands death Her father hired a Belgian brute Dueled Dorians father Killed him in the fight At lunch: They were talking about Dartmoor marrying an American woman Lord Henry is like a philosopher who talks about pleasure Dorian is captivated by the way he speaks Dorian chooses to go with Henry to the park after lunch instead of seeing Basil Chapter 4 Victoria is Lord Henrys wife Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. "Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed." Lord Henry Dorian reveals to Henry that he is in love with Sibyl Vane after seeing her in Romeo and Juliet Henry tells him that he will always be in love with love, and that she should not be called his love of his life Dorian met a Jew at the theatre The Jew brought him backstage to meet Sibyl She calls him Prince Charming; only thing she knows in life is acting Dorian agrees to bring Henry and Basil to the theatre one day to see Sibyl Henry found a letter after dinner It was a letter telling him that he was engaged to Sibyl Chapter 5 Mr. Isaacs, owner of theatre, paid Sibyls family 50 pounds Jim is Sibyls brother Is going to Australia to make money Went for one last walk in the park with Sibyl Warns Mrs. Vane to watch over Sibyl and the mysterious man who visits her at the theatre every night Cautions Sibyl about Dorian and if anything happens to her, he would kill Dorian Mrs. Vane was not married Had no mother Chapter 6 Henry Unselfish people are colorless A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want? Yes, Dorian, you will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit. Dorian and Sibyl kissed each other Engaged the same night When I am with her, I regret all that you have taught me. I become different from what you have known me to be. I am changed, and the mere touch of Sibyl Vane's hand makes me forget you and all your wrong, fascinating, poisonous, delightful theories. Directed to Henry Basil sees Dorian years older as they drew up in front of the theatre doors in a cab Chapter 7 "Don't pay any attention to him, Dorian," said the painter. "I understand what you mean, and I believe in this girl. Any one you love must be marvelous, and any girl who has the effect you describe must be fine and noble. To spiritualize one's age--that is something worth doing. If this girl can give a soul to those who have lived without one, if she can create the sense of beauty in people whose lives have been sordid and ugly, if she can strip them of their selfishness and lend them tears for sorrows that are not their own, she is worthy of all your adoration, worthy of the adoration of the world. This marriage is quite right. I did not think so at first, but I admit it now. The gods made Sibyl Vane for you. Without her you would have been incomplete." Sibyl Vane was terrible in her role as Juliet when Henry and Basil were present Basil "Don't talk like that about any one you love, Dorian. Love is a more wonderful thing than art." Henry There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating--people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. Good heavens, my dear boy, don't look so tragic! The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming Sibyl knew she was terrible that night too Acting was the one reality of her life Take me away, Dorian--take me away with you, where we can be quite alone. I hate the stage. I might mimic a passion that I do not feel, but I cannot mimic one that burns me like fire. Oh, Dorian, Dorian, you understand now what it signifies? Even if I could do it, it would
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