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Who is Mr. Isaacs in "The Picture of Dorian Gray"? How does Dorian describe him?

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gyguygyftrftyfy | Student, Grade 10

Posted April 18, 2009 at 3:26 AM via web

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Who is Mr. Isaacs in "The Picture of Dorian Gray"? How does Dorian describe him?

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drgingerbear | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 18, 2009 at 12:28 PM (Answer #1)

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Mr. Isaacs was Sibyl Vane's manager and producer of the theatre. He is described as "fat" and "stereotypically Jewish". Mr. Isaacs greets Gray at the door to the theatre and takes them to their box seats.

Dorian despises Mr. Isaacs. Their relationship was strained at best. At one point in the story, Dorian refers to Isaacs as a Caliban. (A caliban is not man - not beast and is described as evil, crude, but not vulgar in Shakespeare's The Tempest.)

 

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