The Picture of Dorian Gray - Wikipedia
A summary of Chapters Five–Six in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. ( See Important Quotations Explained). Summary: Chapter Five. At the Vane household, Sibyl Vane is deliriously happy over her romance with Dorian Gray. The relationship between Lord Henry and Dorian, as well the one of Basil and Dorian. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" is known for its famous quotes, such as "The Wilde explores the role of art by examining the relationship between a The book charts the fluctuation of Gray's love for the actress Sibyl Vane, from. Sybil Vane /; Quotes by Character What is marriage? I am changed, and the mere touch of Sibyl Vane's hand makes me forget you and all your Her suicide is the great tragedy of this novel; it's the turning point for Dorian, and it's the.
In anger, Dorian blames his fate on Basil and stabs him to death. Dorian then calmly blackmails an old friend, the scientist Alan Campbell, into using his knowledge of chemistry to destroy the body of Basil Hallward.
Alan later kills himself. A 19th century London opium den based on fictional accounts of the day. To escape the guilt of his crime, Dorian goes to an opium denwhere James Vane is unknowingly present.
James had been seeking vengeance upon Dorian ever since Sibyl killed herself, but had no leads to pursue: In the opium den however he hears someone refer to Dorian as "Prince Charming", and he accosts Dorian.
Dorian deceives James into believing that he is too young to have known Sibyl, who killed herself 18 years earlier, as his face is still that of a young man. James relents and releases Dorian, but is then approached by a woman from the opium den who reproaches James for not killing Dorian. She confirms that the man was Dorian Gray and explains that he has not aged in 18 years.
James runs after Dorian, but he has gone. James then begins to stalk Dorian, causing Dorian to fear for his life.
However, during a shooting party, a hunter accidentally kills James Vane, who was lurking in a thicket. On returning to London, Dorian tells Lord Henry that he will live righteously from now on. Dorian wonders if his newfound goodness has reverted the corruption in the picture, but when he looks at it, he sees only an even uglier image of himself.
From that, Dorian understands that his true motives for the self-sacrifice of moral reformation were the vanity and curiosity of his quest for new experiences, along with the desire to restore beauty to the picture. Deciding that only full confession will absolve him of wrongdoing, Dorian decides to destroy the last vestige of his conscience and the only piece of evidence remaining of his crimes—the picture.
In a rage, he takes the knife with which he murdered Basil Hallward and stabs the picture. The servants of the house awaken on hearing a cry from the locked room; on the street, passerby who also heard the cry call the police.
On entering the locked room, the servants find an unknown old man stabbed in the heart, his figure withered and decrepit.
The servants identify the disfigured corpse by the rings on its fingers, which belonged to Dorian Gray. Beside him, the portrait is now restored to its former appearance of beauty. Characters[ edit ] Oscar Wilde said that, in the novel The Picture of Dorian Graythree of the characters were reflections of himself: Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry is what the world thinks of me: Dorian is what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.
The characters of the story are Dorian Gray — a handsome, narcissistic young man enthralled by Lord Henry's "new" hedonism. He indulges in every pleasure and virtually every 'sin', studying its effect upon him, which eventually leads to his death. Basil Hallward — a deeply moral man, the painter of the portrait, and infatuated with Dorian, whose patronage realises his potential as an artist. The picture of Dorian Gray is Basil's masterpiece. Lord Henry "Harry" Wotton — an imperious aristocrat and a decadent dandy who espouses a philosophy of self-indulgent hedonism.
Initially Basil's friend, he neglects him for Dorian's beauty. Lord Harry's libertine world view corrupts Dorian, who then successfully emulates him. To the aristocrat Harry, the observant artist Basil says, "You never say a moral thing, and you never do a wrong thing. His distinguishing feature is total indifference to the consequences of his actions.
Scholars generally accept the character is partly inspired by Wilde's friend Lord Ronald Gower.
Quote by Oscar Wilde: “His sudden mad love for Sibyl Vane was a psycho”
Her love for Dorian ruins her acting ability, because she no longer finds pleasure in portraying fictional love as she is now experiencing real love in her life. She kills herself on learning that Dorian no longer loves her; at that, Lord Henry likens her to Opheliain Hamlet. James Vane — Sibyl's brother, a sailor who leaves for Australia. He is very protective of his sister, especially as their mother cares only for Dorian's money.
Believing that Dorian means to harm Sibyl, James hesitates to leave, and promises vengeance upon Dorian if any harm befalls her. After Sibyl's suicide, James becomes obsessed with killing Dorian, and stalks him, but a hunter accidentally kills James. The brother's pursuit of vengeance upon the lover Dorian Grayfor the death of the sister Sibyl parallels that of Laertes vengeance against Prince Hamlet.
Alan Campbell — chemist and one-time friend of Dorian who ended their friendship when Dorian's libertine reputation devalued such a friendship. Dorian blackmails Alan into destroying the body of the murdered Basil Hallward; Campbell later shoots himself dead. Adrian Singleton — A youthful friend of Dorian's, whom he evidently introduced to opium addiction, which induced him to forge a cheque and made him a total outcast from his family and social set.
Victoria, Lady Henry Wotton — Lord Henry's wife, whom he treats disdainfully; she later divorces him. Themes and motifs[ edit ] Aestheticism and duplicity[ edit ] The main theme in The Picture of Dorian Gray is aestheticism and its conceptual relation to living a double life. Throughout the story, the narrative presents aestheticism as an absurd abstraction, which disillusions more than it dignifies the concept of Beauty.
Despite Dorian being a hedonist, when Basil accuses him of making a "by-word" of the name of Lord Henry's sister, Dorian curtly replies, "Take care, Basil.
You go too far Dorian enjoyed "keenly the terrible pleasure of a double life", by attending a high-society party only twenty-four hours after committing a murder. Wilde conflates the images of the upper-class man and lower-class man in Dorian Gray, a gentleman slumming for strong entertainment in the poor parts of London town.
The Picture of Dorian Gray Quotes
Lord Henry philosophically had earlier said to him that: I should fancy that crime was to them what art is to us, simply a method of procuring extraordinary sensations"—implying that Dorian is two men, a refined aesthete and a coarse criminal.
They then ask Socrates"If one came into possession of such a ring, why should he act justly? The disfigured and corrupted soul antithesis of the beautiful soul is imbalanced and disordered, and, in itself, is undesirable, regardless of any advantage derived from acting unjustly.
The picture of Dorian Gray is the means by which other people, such as his friend Basil Hallward, may see Dorian's distorted soul. Disruptive beauty is the thematic resemblance between the opera and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Faust[ edit ] About the literary hero, the author Oscar Wilde said, "in every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust. Sibyl fell in love at first sight and it was the same thing for Dorian, when he saw her on the stage for the first time. His love was head over heels. Most often when he talked about her, he described the women he saw on the stage. How she skillfully portrayed all the heroines of the theatre like e.
Juliet, Rosalind and Portia. You used to stir my imagination. You simply produce no effect. She felt that, now when she had felt real love, she no longer could pretend on the stage. When Dorian then found out that Sibyl had died, Lord Henry once again used his power to convince Dorian to see her death as "a wonderful ending to a wonderful play. As a great and interesting experience where there was no guilt needed as it was an act of love.
Dorian had earlier been given his portrait, painted by his friend Basil Hallward. After Dorian had left Sibyl, the portrait started changing for the first time, showing a crueler version of him. From this point on, Dorian consoled himself by thinking that since the portrait displayed his true character, it must "bear the burden of his shame," thus leaving him to enjoy a guilt-free life. Dorian did, and as a result he became the cruel person in the portrait. Before meeting Sibyl Vane, Dorian saw himself as a totally innocent and pure man.
The problem was that he continued to do so even after the horrible crime he caused her. When she committed suicide, Dorian distanced himself from the blame by viewing her death as a work of art—a sort of tragic drama.