Picture Of Dorian Gray Questions - Spark a debate at your next book club with this interesting and sinister book.
There's plenty to discuss in this classic tale of debauchery, hedonism, murder and more.
Wilde's writing is full of wonderful language and quotes that will have your book club debating some very worthy topics indeed.
Picture Of Dorian Gray Questions
Should art be viewed purely for pleasure and beauty or is art a form of education?
To what extent can Sir Henry be blamed for Dorian's downfall?
Does Sir Henry have any idea as to what Dorian is doing? Can he be excused for encouraging him to continue with his hedonistic lifestyle?
Sir Henry seems to be all talk and no action. Dorian seems to be all action (and all bad actions at that)? Do you agree?
Discuss the differences between Basil and Sir Henry.
It is well documented that Wilde was a homosexual. What evidence is there for homosexual relations in this book?
How important is youth and beauty for success in today's world?
Seeking a life full of pleasures above all else, (hedonism) - is this a good philosophy for life? Why or why not?
There are some interesting quotes in The Picture Of Dorian Gray:
"As for being poisoned by a book, there is no such thing as that. Art has no influence upon action. It annihilates the desire to act. It is superbly sterile. The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame"
Wilde seems to think that there is no such thing as an immoral book and he talks about this in his introduction that he added after the uproar when it was first published. He thinks books are either written well or badly. What do you think? Can books be blamed for our actions and behaviour, or can they be treated merely as a good or bad read?
"Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities."
Wilde seems to suggest in this quote and further comments in chapter 11 that beauty is all you need to succeed in society. Morals and the like don't really come into it. Dorian's dreadful morals and behaviour, and his total acceptance into society, seems to back up this theory? What do you think?
The Picture of Dorian Gray Themes and plot
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