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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

by Oscar Wilde

Sybil Vane

Character Analysis

Sibyl Vane is too good for her own…good. She's sublimely beautiful, amazingly talented, and totally innocent – which makes her a magnet for Dorian. She's everything he sees in himself, only better, since her purity is totally unspoiled. However, her lack of cynicism makes her particularly vulnerable to just about everything; as she herself says, her only experience up to this point is a kind of sheltered half-life on the stage. Once real life intervenes, it proves to be too much for poor Sibyl to handle. Her suicide is the great tragedy of this novel; it's the turning point for Dorian, and it's the death of the one truly innocent figure we encounter.

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