By Oscar Wilde
Dorian Gray's striking attractiveness wins the admiration of an artist who starts portray pics of him, all yet one depicting him as an old hero.
This unmarried portrait is of Dorian in his very essence; a good depiction of his personality and sweetness. but if an individual tells Dorian that attractiveness fades, he starts to work out the portrait as a menacing factor, with the intention to unavoidably remind him of the sweetness he as soon as had.
Dorian pledges his soul for a severe trade: that the image bears the weight of getting older and dishonour, and that he remains younger and gorgeous without end.
As Dorian indulges within the such a lot hedonistic of life, exploiting his personal good looks and entirely disbarring all morality, the portrait grows uglier and older whereas he indicates no symptoms of actual degradation. Dorian Grayis a narrative of maximum selfishness, masked through the charm of everlasting attractiveness.
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