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This book is called The Picture of Dorian Gray for the character Dorian Gray and his portrait which are the subject of the books plot It is a story of corruption how a mans love for himself and his appearance come to ruin his life The book is written by the English author Oscar Wilde apparently the only novel he ever wrote The story is set in 19th century England The main character in the book is Dorian Gray a young man aged about twenty years He is depicted to have a perfect clean appearance and an innocent soul The book opens with his two close friends Lord Henry and Basil Hallward an eccentric painter having a conversation with each other Basil has become completely obsessed with the image of Dorian and is spending all his hours working on a brilliant portrait of him and Dorian Gray becomes all he can talk about Dorian is eventually influenced by Basils way of thinking and becomes obsessed with himself and his image When the picture is complete Dorian is mesmerized by it He takes it home and realizes that as he grows old his portrait will retain its good looks and wishes that the portrait could grow old and that he would stay young It has such a dramatic effect on him that he stops caring for everyone else around him Dorian later falls in love with a theatre actress Sybil Vane for her acting abilities While having a conversation with his good friend Lord Harry Dorian discovers his friends true feelings about women Dorian explains how wonderful Sybils theatre performances are and how deep her acting is Lord Harry compares Dorians love for Sybil to being high on drugs and that it will pass quickly He has a typical 19th century mindset that women are worthless and belong in the kitchen Harrys opinion has little influence on Dorian He gets to know Sybil better and he
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