Review: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


Horror hides behind an attractive face in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's tale of a notorious Victorian libertine and his life of evil excesses. Though Dorian's hedonistic indulgences leave no blemish on his ageless features, the painted portrait imbued with his soul proves a living catalogue of corruption, revealing in its every new line and lesion the manifold sins he has committed. Desperate to hide the physical evidence of his unregenerate spirit, Dorian will stop at nothing--not even murder--to keep his picture's existence a secret.
A scandalous story when it was first published in 1890, Wilde's novel is acknowledged a landmark of literature today and a tale emblematic of its time. 


My opinion:

I really loved this classic. It was weird at sometimes and super anti-feminsm (which I obviously didn't like, but it makes sense because of the time when it was written). Lord Henry was an interesting character and it felt like Oscar Wilde used him to make all his thoughts about everything public. Lord Henry is this man who thinks about everything in black and white and really sees just the opposites of things. Some of those things were positive, but most of them were not. He sees men and women as totally different creatures and mentions that a few times (more than five times and yes I counted that). The storyline of Dorian Gray and the painter Basil Hallward shocked me at the end! Oh and it was unique how Oscar Wilde used Romeo and Juliet for the storyline of Dorian Gray and Sibyl Vane. So many simalitaries between those two storylines! So read Romeo and Juliet first if you don't know that storyline (but I guess you guys already know that one!)


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