The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
THIS IS A SPOILER FILLED REVIEW READ AT UR OWN RISK
this was such a surprise. i didn’t expect to like this as much as i did. the writing is beautiful and the characters are so compelling.

i decided to switch my review to 5 stars because i enjoyed this way too much. the picture of dorian gray tells the story of a man who gains immortality but loses his soul. his sins appear on a portrait that was made for him by his friend.

first of all, i loved the discussion around the themes of this book, the duality between good and evil, saint and sinner. how far are you willing to go to keep your youth ? there’s something so beautifully tragic about dorian. on the one hand, he’s a man that got swept away by promises of eternal youth, an innocent young man who just wanted to live a little. but on the other man, there’s a snake, a man with just enough conscience left to be eaten up by guilt, but not enough for him to change his behavior.

[ fyi, i completely shipped dorian with basil and i thought basil’s adoration of dorian was cute af (although unhealthy at some point) but that was before… well, you know, he murdered him in cold blood]

i tried to defend dorian’s actions but all in all, i realized that whatever he said and whoever he blamed for his own actions, he had behaved based on what he had wanted to hear from others (specifically lord henry’s words : meaning, he wanted to hear something in henry’s words and he behaved accordingly… except, it’s not because some lord tells you that you have to be immoral in order to have lived [ that you have to go around killing people and being a prick but ANYWAYS this is a gross summary and yes i know it’s more complex than that, sue me ]). he victimizes himself in a way that i almost wanted to believe he was good.

at the end of the day, what’s good and what’s bad ? is it all really that subjective ? i enjoyed this book a lot and it gave me a lot to think about. it’s a good halloween read if that’s what you wanna read this month and it’s definitely a book that will stick with you.

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