The picture of Dorian Gray

The picture of Dorian Gray is a classic by Oscar Wilde. I used quite a long time to read it, because I didn’t find it all that interesting. I read it as critisism of the society, and a very shallow one at that. I couldn’t help but wonder, why is this book a classic?

Dorian Gray is the main character; he is vain, a little stupid, but very beautiful. His friend Basil Hallward is a painter, that paints Dorians picture. Dorian is introduced to Lord Henry Wotton by Basil, one time he is being painted. Lord Henry has many ideas and thoughts that Dorian slowly adapts as his own. When Dorian sees the finished picture he makes a wish, that he would stay beautiful and the picture could get all the features that usually show when ones grows older. His wish comes true. Dorian stays young and beautiful, and the picture starts to change. Most people continue to love Dorian because, how can that young and beautiful people do anything wrong? How can they not fit into society?

To me, this book says that as long as you hold up apparences, and look good (and preferably young), you can do nothing wrong. The picture grows hidious, and in the begining it holds a certain fasination for Dorian, but after a while he seem to not like it as much (wonder why? :p)

This book was discussed at my last bookcircle, and the opinions differed a little, but not that much. I’ll admit I’m looking forward to the next book so much more… We’re going to read Battle royale by Koushun Takami šŸ™‚ I’ve read it once before, but that is many years ago, so I’m looking forward to it šŸ™‚

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