Monday, February 2, 2009

The Picture of Dorian Gray

In my senior capstone class we were given a list of novels and told to pick one to read. After reading the novel, we were supposed to create a Power Point, a visual interpretation, and a reading guide.

The novel I picked was Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. It was an amazing book because it made me think about the nature of evil and how it has so many varying degrees. Another cool part of the book was the concept of revealing and concealing. The main characters are never what they seem, particularly Dorian Gray and Lord Henry. Sibyl Vane is the least vain character of the whole book, yet her last name is a play on the word "vain." There are so many layers to this novel; it was surely a treat. And I recommend it, highly, to anyone. It is really accessible. If you have read any of Wilde's plays (Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband) then you will definitely love this book even if it is a lot darker than any of his other works.

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