"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (by Oscar Wilde) - brief plot outline - character analysis - critical evaluation

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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) Plot Outline The story is about a handsome and eloquent young man named Dorian Gray. He has a special friendship with the painter Basil Hallward, who, inspired by his extraordinary beauty, makes a portrait of him. Basil, extremely fond of Dorian, does not want him to get in contact with his friend, Lord Henry Wotton, a sinister aristocrat, who has a certain influence to other people. His cynical …

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…the soul, which is undoubtedly more important. But the basic idea of the whole concept is the conclusion that we, in fact, can't do anything against becoming old, although we do not think of it when we are young. With Dorian it is almost the same - he can't run away from his destiny. Finally, all his evil deeds return to him, and when he stabs the portrait of him, he is symbolically stabbing himself.