The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
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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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