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Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray
Dátum pridania: 03.12.2003 Oznámkuj: 12345
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Meanwhile, Dorian hides his portrait in a remote upper room of his house, where no one other than he can watch its transformation.

Lord Henry gives Dorian a book that describes the wicked exploits of a nineteenth-century Frenchman; it becomes Dorian´s bible as he sinks ever deeper into a life of sin and corruption. As outcome Dorian places no limit on his search for pleasure. He ruins people´s lives without qualm. He lives a life devoted to getting new experiences and sensations with no regard for conventional standards of morality or the consequences of his actions. His portrait shows the ugliness of his sins, but his own body doesn´t. His attempts to reform fail. Eighteen years pass. Dorian´s reputation suffers in circles of polite London society, where rumours spread regarding his scandalous exploits. His peers nevertheless continue to accept him because he remains young and beautiful. The figure in the painting, however, grows increasingly ugly and hideous. On a dark, foggy night, Basil Hallward arrives at Dorian´s home to confront him about the rumours that plague his reputation. The two argue, and Dorian eventually offers Basil a look at his (Dorian´s) soul. He shows Basil the now-hideous portrait, and Hallward, horrified, begs him to repent. Dorian claims it is too late for penance and kills Basil in a fit of rage.

In order to dispose of the body, Dorian employs the help of an estranged friend, a doctor, whom he blackmails. The night after the murder, Dorian makes his way to an opium den, where he encounters James Vane, who attempts to avenge Sybil´s death. Dorian escapes to his country estate. While entertaining guests, he notices James Vane peering in through a window, and he becomes wracked by fear and guilt. When a hunting party accidentally shoots and kills Vane, Dorian feels safe again. He resolves to amend his life but cannot muster the courage to confess his crimes, and the painting now reveals his supposed desire to repent for what it is – hypocrisy. In a fury, Dorian picks up the knife he used to stab Basil Hallward and attempts to destroy the painting. There is a crash, and his servants enter to find the portrait, unharmed, showing Dorian Gray as a beautiful young man. On the floor lies the body of their master – an old man, horribly wrinkled and disfigured, with a knife plunged into his heart.
 
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