The Picture of Dorian Gray Questions and Answers
Analyze and describe the character of Lord Henry Wotton in The Picture of Dorian Gray and explain his influence and impact on Dorian.
What is the relationship between Basil and Dorian from the beginning to the end of The Picture of Dorian Gray?
Is Lord Henry’s belief in the freedom of the individual truly evil? Or does Dorian misconstrue it? Does Lord Henry actually practice the ideas he espouses? Does he understand the real life consequences his ideas would have, or does he exhibit a sort of naïveté?
In Chapter 4, Lord Henry expresses his opinion of women. What comment does he make that unintentionally says something about Dorian's masculinity?
In The Picture of Dorian Gray, were the changes in the portrait real or were they a figment of Dorian's imagination?
In The Picture of Dorian Gray, the inability to distinguish between art and reality has tragic consequences. Discuss the validity of this statement.
Why does Sibyl stop acting and what is Dorian’s reaction in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde?
How is Lord Henry Wotton seen as a hypocritical character, and how is he seen as a catalyst in The Picture of Dorian Gray?
In Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, what does Basil mean when he says, "I have put too much of myself in the thing"?
I need help discussing paradox in The Picture of Dorian Gray, as it is most often used in the words of Lord Henry Wotton.
Many works of literature feature characters who have been given a literal or figurative gift. The gift may be an object, or it may be a quality such as uncommon beauty, significant social position, great mental or imaginative faculties, or extraordinary physical powers. Yet this gift is often also a burden or a disadvantage. What is Dorian Gray's gift that is both an advantage and a problem in The Picture of Dorian Gray? Through the complex nature of the gift, what message does Wilde convey?
Discuss the character of Basil Hallward, and how it symbolizes both art and morality. How is Basil Hallward both an artistic figure and a moral figure in the novel?
In a letter, Oscar Wilde said the main characters in the novel are reflections of himself: "Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me" Doran Gray what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps." How can you understand Oscar Wilde's view through these words?
In what way does Oscar Wilde's use of the term "sins" in The Picture of Dorian Gray condemn a society that is rigid and heterosexist?
Explain how Dorian Gray arranges for the disposal of Basil Hallward's corpse in The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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