The Picture of Dorian Gray is a gothic horror story, and it is the only published novel written by Oscar Wilde. When it first appeared in a monthly magazine in 1890, it was criticized. Wilde then made a lot of changes to the story. The new story was published as a novel in 1891. Again, it was criticized, and it caused scandal at the time. Wilde’s wife, Constance said, ”Since Oscar wrote Dorian Gray no one will speak to us.” W.H. Smiths, the famous bookseller, refused to sell the book, but despite the controversy, it was still very popular. Oscar Wilde was a successful playwright and The Picture of Dorian Gray is written more in the style of a play than a novel. There is more dialogue than description and the novel focuses on the witty conversations between its three main characters: Basil Hallward, the artist, Lord Henry Wotton, his wealthy friend, and Dorian Gray, a handsome young man. One of the main themes of the novel is the emptiness of worshipping beauty and pleasure. Life, Lord Henry Wotton says in the novel, should be lived for beauty and pleasure and not for duty. He encourages Dorian Gray to enjoy himself. He tells Dorian he should make the most of his youth and beauty before they fade. Dorian Gray takes his advice and leads a selfish, hedonistic life. In the end, he realizes his mistake but it is too late. He has destroyed his soul. The novel has always been very popular and thirteen film versions of it have been made to date. Marvel Comics made an illustrated adaptation of the novel in 2007.
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