The picture of Dorian Grey

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THE PICTURE of DORIAN GREY THE PICTURE of DORIAN GREY This story is about wanting to stay young and not knowing the consequences of such a desire. Everything starts out in Basil Hallward's studio. Basil is a painter that is obsessed with Dorian Grey, a young beautiful gentleman that catches everyone's eye thanks to his beautiful and innocent aspect. On this particular day, Basil is accompanied by Lord Henry, one of his close friends, who is very fascinated by Dorian aspect. In the same day, Dorian posses for his portrait and then retires to the garden with Lord Henry. They talk about youth and its great importance, about how it shouldn't be taken for granted, etc. When the picture is finished, Dorian makes a simple wish. He asks for his picture to grow old instead of him. Dorian keeps the picture and is fond of his new friend, Lord Henry. They go everywhere together and Henry teaches Dorian new things about life that he never knew existed. Dorian falls in love with an actress (Sybil Vane) from the lower sides of London. But after she messes up in one of her plays, he despises her and decides never to see her again because he doesn't like her way of acting. He goes home and realizes that his picture has changed; it had grown old and shows the sign of Dorian's first cruel action. The next day he is told that the actress he used to admire had committed suicide. Dorian fells no sorrow and Lord Henry tells him to take it as if it were just part of a play, a tragic scene that had come to a dramatic end. He realizes that his stupid wish had come true, and the portrait is the mirror of his soul. So he decides to hide the painting so no one else can see it. Dorian's life changes because of a book, (à rebours by Huysman) that he receives from Lord Henry. The protagonist of this book is a young Parisian very handsome that with the passing of time became old and doesn't tolerate his image reflected in the water or in the mirrors. Dorian fells a sort of pleasure mixed with cruelty thinking that he has never feel the same sensation of the Parisian because he will be young forever. As the years go by, people start to hate the once beloved Dorian Grey. Rumours are spread that he is a bad influence and that evil follows him wherever he goes. Many people don't believe that nonsense, and are still blown away by his ravaging good looks. Dorian Grey lives a double life: in one hand he takes part with Lord Henry to many parties and is taken like a model of elegance by youth, on the other hand sometimes he disappears and frequents sordid taverns. They can't believe that such a handsome man can do such terrible things. Then one night, Basil visits him. They have a chat about the reputation that Dorian is getting on the streets. Basil tells him that such affairs, as he had been known to be a part off, were bad for the soul. Dorian tells him he no longer has a soul, and decides to show him the picture he once had painted of him. The picture had become horrid, old, and ha