The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Why does Dorian Gray kill Basil in The Picture of Dorian Gray?

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Dorian Gray kills Basil after the artist has viewed the portrait he once painted and sees in it the depravity of soul which has overtaken the once beautiful and untainted young man.

In this Faustian tale, Dorian Gray is a young man whose perfection of features captivates the painter, Basil Hallward. After Basil has finished a portrait of Dorian, his friend Lord Henry Wotton arrives and sees this portrait. Impressed with the painting, Lord Henry tells the artist, "It is your best work...the best thing you've ever done." He urges Basil to send it to the Grosvenor for exhibition; however, Basil states that he will not expose this painting anywhere. He explains, 

"I know you will laugh at me...but I really can't exhibit it. I have put too much of myself into it." (Ch.2) 

Lord Henry scoffs at this idea, but the artist continues,

"There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction....We shall all suffer from what the gods have given us, suffer terribly." (Ch.2)

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