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The Picture of Dorian Gray Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers and professors will be able to guide their students through Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. In addition to providing comprehensive character analyses, this lesson plan offers navigation through the novel's primary themes, including what constitutes a fully-lived life. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- What completely captures Lord Henry Wotton's attention when he visits Hallward's studio in The Picture of Dorian Gray? Lord Wotton is fascinated by Basil's subject for the painting, a beautiful young man named Dorian Gray.
- What reason does Basil give for not wanting to exhibit his painting of Dorian Gray? Basil feels that he has put too much of his own self into the painting, and it reveals the secrets of his soul.
- What does Basil believe are the only two eras of importance in the world's history? He believes that the appearance of a new medium for art and the appearance of a new personality for art are the only two eras of importance in the world's history.
- Basil believes that his landscape painting is the finest work he's ever done. To what does he attribute this success? Dorian Gray was sitting beside Basil when he painted the landscape. Basil credits "some subtle influence" from Dorian's presence to the success of the work.
- Why doesn't Basil want to introduce Lord Henry to Dorian Gray? Basil is afraid that Lord Henry will be a negative influence on the young Dorian.
- What does Lord Henry claim is "the aim of life"? Lord Henry claims that self-development is the "aim of life."
- According to Lord Henry in The Picture of Dorian Gray, what is "the only way to get rid of a temptation"? Lord Henry believes that "the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
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