The download links of The Picture of Dorian Gray book PDF are available on this page. The Picture of Dorian Gray is a Science Fiction novel that centers on Dorian Gray, a beautiful yet susceptible young gentleman who has recently inherited a fortune. The setting is done in London in 1800’s, better known is the Victorian age. At the beginning of the novel, we see Dorian arrive in London where he quickly meets a friend named Hallward Basil, a painter becomes fixated on capturing the beauty of Dorian through painting. This portrait of Dorian is set to be Basil’s masterpiece.
Next, Dorian meets another man named Lord Henry who is almost the opposite of Basil. Lord Henry is completely transfixed on pleasure-seeking and practices it while mocking those who attempt to alleviate human suffering. Lord Henry is a twisted person. He says to Dorian, he should love his youth & seek out all the pleasure he can. And Lord Henry remarks to Dorian that although he is attractive now, it will all fade over time. When Basil finishes his portrait of “Dorian”, it immediately begins to serve as a reminder that although the painting of Dorian will remain beautiful, Dorian himself will grow old & lose his youthful beauty.
Having been predisposed by Lord Henry, Dorian makes the wish that the painting would bear the toll of time and sin as an alternative to him. In exchange, he offered his soul. Interestingly, Basil’s view is the opposite as Lord Henry. He embraced the outlook that beauty is so breathtaking because it doesn’t last. It’s not something to cling to.
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Next, Dorian meets Sibyl Vane whom he falls in the love with. Due to his newfound love, Dorian rejects Lord Henry’s philosophy of hedonism, or pleasure seeking. Then, Dorian, Henry, & Basil all head to theater to look out a play in which Sibyl is acting. However, Sybil’s performance is horrible and Henry & Basil end up leaving. Because of her real love for Dorian, she hasn’t curiosity in playing the characters of the plays. She agrees to quit acting. Dorian promptly rejects her, believing that he’d fallen in love not with her, but with her acting. He meanly tells Sibyl that he never wants to meet her again. After a night of wandering, he goes home & sees that the portrait has developed in a sneer repulsed by this, Dorian realizes that he wants to apologize to “Sibyl” the next day.
However, it’s too little too late a Sibyl committed suicide that night. The sadistic Lord Henry twists the meaning of Sybil’s death. He convinces Dorian to sight her suicide as artistic expression of love and not to be sad about it. The portrait becomes more grotesque with every sin that Dorian commits which motivates him to cover the painting.
Next, Dorian becomes entranced when he starts reading a yellow book about a young Parisian man who spends his life seeking out pleasure. Dorian has the book bound in 12 different colors to match his varying moods. As he carries on to see the painting age, he becomes worried about someone contravention into his home and stealing it. As he’s been living his scandalous lifestyle, he’s acquired lots of enemies who would like to expose Dorian if they knew the truth. Years had passed when Basil sees Dorian on the street. Basil tries for him to bring back to the proverbial light side. He pleads to Dorian to use his power & influence for good, as opposed to the evil that he’s been using it for.
Dorian states that he’d like to show Basil his soul, and Dorian leads Basil to room where he saves the portrait locked up. Shocked, Basil sees the disgusting & festering version of Dorian in the painting. Stricken with rage from the portrait Dorian murders Basil. The next day, Dorian asks for help in disposing of body from Alan Campbell, who is scientist & former close friend. At first, Campbell refuses but ultimately agrees to support Dorian when he is blackmailed.
In the next scene, Dorian attends a party which he finds rather boring. That night he makes decision to go to an opium den. Instead of facing his sins, he commits himself to forget them through drug abuse. After leaving the opium den, he is followed by a man who turns-out to be Sybil’s brother, James. James’s seeking revenge. However, Dorian tricks James into believing that he’s not Dorian as he has face of 20-year-old & roughly 18-years had passed since Dorian and Sibyl’s relationship. But later, James learns from a lady at the “Opium Den” that it was, in fact, Dorian & that he simply doesn’t age.
Next, Dorian is entertaining guests at his own Country Estate. However, he becomes ill when he feels that James is outside. Although at first, he locks himself up in his house to avoid James, he eventually goes on the hunting trip. A man is unintentionally shot & it turns-out to be James. Dorian’s relieved. Dorian is then speaking with Lord Henry & hints that he’d killed Basil. Speaking aloud, Dorian wonders whether he can change. He notes that earlier he hadn’t taken benefit of a young innkeeper’s daughter. However, when he goes to check the painting to investigate if it had helped, the painting is even worse. Now it has grown a look of cunning & a wrinkle of a hypocrite.
Frustrated, he stabs heart of the painting. Dorian Gray becomes the grotesque and festering man from the painting, while the painting reverts to its original Beauty. Dorian Gray lies dead on the floor, with the sword in heart.
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