However, Lord Henry gets his wish—Dorian shows up that very afternoon, and, over the course of the day, Henry manages to totally change Dorian's perspective on the world. Henry comments that this is typical of a woman. With Basil gone, Dorian begins to get suspicious of his servant Victor, imagining him sneaking a glance at the covered portrait. But it was to teach man to concentrate himself upon the moments of a life that is itself but a moment. He organizes for his housekeeper to bring him the key to the schoolroom at the top of the house. Basil at first refuses to believe that what he has heard is true, but the evidence is overwhelming against Dorian.
Lord Harry's world view corrupts Dorian, who then successfully emulates him. The book represents the profound and damaging influence that art can have over an individual and serves as a warning to those who would surrender themselves so completely to such an influence. Then, he gets a book about the Frenchmen living in the nineteenth century from Lord Henry, and he immerses himself into it completely, as it is a book that talks about sin and corruption. Dorian is relieved that his enemy is out of the way, but this event sparks a kind of mid-life crisis: he begins to wonder if his vile but enjoyable lifestyle is worth it. Dorian convinces Henry to come with him to see her play Juliet in the next day's production. The key to the locked room allows him to feel ownership over his image, but we know that this can only be temporary and time cannot be stopped.
As soon as he does that, he returns home, and to his surprise, he notices that his portrait has a changed expression: now the face on the picture sneers. Surprised by this passion in Basil, Henry wants to meet this Dorian Gray, and as luck would have it, Dorian arrives at the studio before Basil can remove Lord Henry. It was strangely, richly written, without a plot, but following a young Parisien, who seems to embrace sin and virtue at once. Dorian wonders if his newfound goodness has reverted the corruption in the picture, but when he looks at it, he sees only an even uglier image of himself. After participating in a singing contest, Tannhäuser is censured for the sensuality of his art; eventually, he dies searching for repentance and the love of a good woman.
He begins to mirror the life of which he reads, and just cares for possibilities to gather new experiences, without any regard for the morality and ethics of his behavior. He blackmails another of his former friends into disposing of the body. Dorian finally snaps and shows Basil the portrait, in which the horrible truth about his wicked nature is revealed. In a rage, he takes the knife with which he murdered Basil Hallward and stabs the picture. The nature of Dorian's love reflects Henry's devotion to life as art. Dorian's youthful countenance is gone, and his servants are only able to recognize him by the jewelry on his fingers.
By adding Sibyl to this array of tragic characters, Wilde emphasizes the human potential to treat friends as experiments or sources of momentary interest. As years pass, the man in the picture grows more and more hideous, as Dorian himself stays unnaturally young and beautiful. One night, Basil visits Dorian to confront him about all of the terrible rumors he has heard. The picture of Dorian Gray is Basil's masterpiece. Homoerotic Male Relationships The homoerotic bonds between men play a large role in structuring the novel. When the maids enter, they find an old, ugly man lying on the floor stabbed in the heart, next to the portrait of a good-looking young man. Oh yeah, and he also thinks that women are pretty worthless—in his estimation, they're always hanging on to men, preventing them from attaining greatness.
There are many things that we would throw away, if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. With such textual changes, Oscar Wilde meant to diminish the moralistic controversy about the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian becomes aware of himself, aware of his own beauty. He must preserve his youth. He is very serious and protective over the young man.
Dorian gets rid of the servant by sending him away with a message for Lord Henry, and accepts his visitors, who are very glad to be doing business with the famously charming Dorian Gray. Influenced especially by a particular book about a beautiful boy just like him, he fills his life with decadence and dangerous explorations. Dorian then calmly blackmails an old friend, the scientist Alan Campbell, into using his knowledge of chemistry to destroy the body of Basil Hallward. The only thing stopping it is how afraid man is of his own desires. He tells Henry that he was fascinated by the book, but perhaps not in a good way. Dorian Gray Syndrome is now a common term to describe a cluster of narcissistic qualities. Presents the 1890 Lippincott edition and the 1891 book edition side by side.
When he gets there, he apologizes, saying that he was wrapped up in the book, which fascinates him—however, he can't say that he exactly likes it. He wants to say goodbye. He may not realize it now, but youth is the most powerful thing he owns. He passionately wishes that it could be the other way around. It has been suggested that the inspiration for Dorian Gray was a man called John Gray, who, though very handsome and a good poet, was dropped by Wilde in favor of his new love Lord Alfred Douglas. His new probity begins with deliberately not breaking the heart of the naïve Hetty Merton, his current romantic interest.
Dorian cannot keep himself from looking at the picture periodically, but he is appalled by it, and is only truly happy when he manages to forget its existence. Instead, he selfishly wants to be good so that the painting will become beautiful again. This stranger is revealed to be James Vane. Symbols Symbols are objects, characters, figures, and colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts. Basil and Dorian disagree, but Henry persists in putting forth his ideas. He exclaims his desperate wish that he should trade fortunes with the portrait, for it to age and he to remain young and beautiful forever. From that, Dorian understands that his true motives for the self-sacrifice of moral reformation were the vanity and curiosity of his quest for new experiences, along with the desire to restore beauty to the picture.
The first portrait is nearly finished in the first pages of the novel. Sibyl falls in love with Dorian so deeply that she now believes that she can no longer act to be in love on the scene since nothing is as sincere as the real thing. He tells him that he is too charming to want to be kind to Agatha by dueting with her. The Yellow Book Lord Henry gives Dorian a copy of the yellow book as a gift. So, it is not surprising that he would immediately become an object of artistic. Basil is afraid that showing the picture would reveal the secret of his very soul.