The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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List some of the significant locations/settings in The Picture of Dorian Gray.  

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It is useful to consider setting in The Picture of Dorian Gray in terms of how it displays the theme of duality—the contrast between good and evil, morality and immorality, and purity and decay. 

One clear example we have of this is the hidden location of the picture itself. From its creation by Basil, the picture is associated with the desire to remain hidden and secret. Basil expresses his reluctance to display the painting publicly as it contains too much of himself, referring presumably to his fascination with Dorian. 

Later, when Dorian himself notices the first signs of decay appearing on the painting, he hides it in the attic behind a curtain, permitting it to be seen by no one but him. The dark, dusty attic highlights the perverse delight that Dorian takes in his secrecy, contrasting with the rich, decadent, and perfumed settings so prevalent in the novel.

In chapter 11, Dorian is described as creeping up to the attic to view his flawless face in the mirror in contrast with...

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