Dorian Gray's view of the world changes dramatically as the novel progresses. At first, he is pleased to sell his soul, in order that all of his sins and signs of aging show up on his portrait, while his own body remains young and unblemished. He indulges himself freely in decadence, believing he won't have to pay a price for it. This seems a good bargain to him.
As time goes by, however, Dorian begins to see the limitations in a life of hedonism. The trade off he has made no longer seems so good. He increasingly doesn't want to face who he is and what he has done. His body might not show his dissipation, but his actions weigh on his memory. Wanting to forget, he tries to throw himself ever more into the sensual world, to barricade himself in it. He wonders,
"To cure the soul by means of the senses, and the senses by means of the soul!" How the words rang in his ears! His soul, certainly, was sick to death. Was it true that the senses could cure it?
By the end of the novel, however, he is...
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