A review by claresky99
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde used Dorian Gray as an extreme, cautionary tale about the danger of us succumbing into the sweet temptations of vanity, hedonism, and cruel disregard towards others; and their effects on the soul. Slowly eroding what's beautiful inside, leaving an empty, rotten shrine of selfishness and self-righteousness for us to worship and live with.

For which is more important? What is seen or what is beneath? Art or reality? Pleasure or virtue? For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Oscar Wilde stunningly posed and wrote a brilliant tale around these questions. He left the responsibility of answering them with each readers; but for Dorian, and possibly himself, the answers were made clear. Definitely a must read. 5