THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY BY OSCAR WILDE :-- This novel is the one and only novel of Wilde that created quite a stir amongst its readers and the society during the nineteenth century. It deals with the story of Dorian Gray, A young, handsome youth who sat for the upcoming painter, Basil Hallward. Basil had a soft corner for Dorian and adored and loved him. He was very fond of Dorian and was almost obsessive about him .In his relation with Dorian we can see touches of homosexuality. Basil paints a picture of Dorian Gray to capture his beauty and youth and wants it to be his masterpiece. During such a sitting Dorian whishes his beauty and youth always remains unaffected. Somehow his wish comes true. Dorian turns out to be quite a frivolous lad .He indulges in all sorts of sensualand materialistic pleasures. He believes only in bodily pleasures and stifles his soul. He remains as young and youthful while his picture reflects his ugly soul. The picture ages and shows all the traits and expressions of his corrupt soul. Though he succeeds in fooling the world but his conscience keeps gnawing at his mind. He finds no peace and covers the picture and hides it in an unused room.
His over indulgence finds him no solace. Ultimately Basil asks him about his portrait for an exhibition which he refuses to show. Basil insists and Dorian tells him the truth. He alleges Basil of ruining his life and shows him the portrait. Basil is shocked and says its no fault of his. Itwas not his wish but Dorian’s which had destroyed his life. The climax of the novel is reached when Dorian kills Basil and disposes his body. In his fit of rage and anger he stabs at the picture too. The following morning his servants find him dead with a dagger through his heart but they fail to recognize their master who now looks old and wrinkled. Beside him they find a portrait of his which looked young and happy. OTHER WORKS OF WILDE RECOMMENDED FOR READING : THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL. THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER STORIES THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST------PLAY LADY WINDEMERES FAN-------PLAY