Dorian Gray Study Questions Essay

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LORENA GONZÁLEZ DE LA VARGA THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. STUDY QUESTIONS. In the preface (be sure to read this), Wilde writes that "there is no such thing as a moral or immoral book." In other words, art has no effect, other than aesthetic, on individuals or society. Do you agree with Wilde's premise? Does this novel adhere to his statement? I do not agree at all with Oscar Wilde, I think that art has other effects in addition to aesthetics such as feelings that it can give you. I think that Oscar Wilde adhere to his statements in his novel because the hedonism is the main character in it as well as the continuous worship of beauty and youth. What is the relationship between Basil and Dorian from beginning to end? At the beginning, Basil and Dorian are really good friends. Basil is an homosexual painter and paint the Dorian's portrait. He adore Dorian and he refuses to introduce him to his friends. When Henry becomes part of Dorian's daily life, the relationship between Basil and Dorian go on decrease. After the death of Sibyl Vane, Basil went to Dorian's house to comfort him but when he arrives, Dorian seems to be very happy, as if nothing had happened, and Basil felts a little irritated. Then, Basil asks Dorian about the portrait but he refuses to show it and they made a deal. If Basil told him why it was so important to him, then, he shows Basil the picture. After that, Basil explain to Dorian her feelings to him and Dorian became furious because he consider it disappointing, he broke the treaty. Talk about Lord Henry: what code or set of beliefs does he live by? In what way does Lord Henry affect Dorian's character? Why does Lord Henry choose Dorian as his disciple? And what impels Dorian to follow his guidance? What is it that Dorian fears? Is Lord Henry's belief in the freedom of the individual truly evil? Or does Dorian misconstrue it? Does

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