Harry Thomas Thomas từ 204, Đài Loan, 基隆市安樂區長樂里
The Picture of Dorian Gray actually caught my eye when I was searching Goodreads looking for an outside reading book. It had generally high ratings and good reviews, so it seemed attractive. The only thing that gave me doubts was the genre of the book, which I researched, gothic horror fiction, but I’m open to new things. The Picture of Dorian Gray starts off with an artist, by the name of Basil Hallward, painting a picture of an incredibly wealthy and handsome man, Dorian Gray. Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Dorian, corrupts Dorian as he warns him of his fading beauty. Soon Dorian Gray sees his picture and wishes that the picture would age instead of him, much like selling his soul for eternal life. He soon begins hedonist type of quest as pleasure seems to be the only thing to live for. When the picture ages for the first time, due to causing the death of a former lover, Dorian is hesitant in participating in more wrongdoings, but it soon begins to consume him. He forgets his true friends and character, such as Basil, and eventually kills him leading to his own death. His guilt soon catches up with his as he struggles to repent for his sins, trying to renew his portrait back to its original form. But he has already gone too deep in his hole to climb or be pulled out and he eventually gives up when realizing that there is no way to repair the portrait. The theme of this novel is that beauty is not true beauty. Dorian was easily convinced to believing that he must live his life to its fullest before his beauty disappeared. This led to his unending quest to receive as much pleasure as he could for himself rather than others. All his relationships deteriorate and he forgets what was truly important to him until he can’t get it back. Oscar Wilde did an amazing job in creating long descriptions which fit with the plot and overall setting of the novel. Most, if not all, his descriptions are filled with darkness and lurking evil, as if he was describing Dracula’s castle. This gave me a sense of flow in the book because everything connects and somewhat freaked me out. The only thing which really bored me was the long drawn-out monologues of some of the characters. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially if they’re goth-like and because it is just a really interesting novel. Although I can’t exactly relate to it, it is very interesting and shined some light on a topic which I never really paid much attention to. It is definitely one of those books that stick out because of its very unique plot.