2 The Picture of Dorian Gray Only published novel by Oscar WildeLippincott’s Monthly Magazine on 20 June 1890Is considered a work of classic gothic horror fiction with a strong Faustian themeMajor changes in the 1891 edition
4 Themes The Purpose of Art The Supremacy of Youth and Beauty The Superficial Nature of SocietyThe Negative Consequences of Influence
5 Main charactersDorian Gray – The handsome young man who becomes a hedonist and indulges in moral and immoral pleasureLord Henry “Harry” Wotton – The high-society intellectual who corrupts Dorian
6 Main charactersBasil Hallward – The artist who wants Dorian to stay youthful and beautiful and act as his muse. His painting sets the story into motionSibyl Vane – The beautiful and talented actress with whom Dorian falls in love
7 Adaptions Matthew Bourne’s contemporary dance, 2008 “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, 1945“Dorian Gray”, 2009
8 Dorian Gray syndromeDorian Gray syndrome, also known as DGS, is a severe obsession with your own appearance and failure to cope with the aging processSufferers are heavy users of cosmetic medical procedures and products
9 Quotes"Difference of object does not alter singleness of passion. It merely intensifies it. We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.""Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.""But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face."