The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author: Oscar Wilde
Protagonist: Dorian Gray
Setting: London, 19th Century
The novel begins with Lord Henry Wottom watching his friend Basil Hallward painting the portrait of a handsome young man called Dorian Gray. Lord Henry wants to know the subject painted in the picture. Dorian arrives later, meeting Lord Wotton, who explains his point of view of the world, making believe the young man that beauty is one of the most important things of life.
Dorian and Lord Henry are both thrilled by the beauty of the portrait and the first one wishes that he can always stay as young as the picture and declares that he would give his soul for making this happen. Infact the image of himself becomes ugly under Dorian's sins. He rejects Sibyl Vane, an actress who falls in love with him but she is not requite and soon she is not able to act anymore, so she kills herself. When Dorian realizes that the portrait holds the sign of his sins, he hides it in the attic.Over the next eighteen years he experiments with every kind of vice. At the end, realising that his was a horrible life, he tries to distroy the picture with a knife, but doing it he kills himself.