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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray


by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Who is Dorian? Can we define his true nature as either good or evil? When Basil says that the painting is the "real Dorian," is that true? How might Dorian have turned out if he had not met Lord Henry?
  2. What role does art play in The Picture of Dorian Gray? What are each of the three main characters' attitudes towards art? How do they think art functions in society?
  3. What does Sibyl represent to Dorian? Does he really love her? Why does he leave her?
  4. Dorian rationalizes Basil's accusations, saying that every individual is responsible for his or her actions, and therefore for his or her downfall. Do you believe this? Likewise, is Dorian responsible for his own ruination, or is Lord Henry?

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