The Picture of Dorian Gray Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the Preface about?

The Preface, which is a series of epigrams, summarize Oscar Wilde’s aesthetic philosophy.

2. Why does Basil not want to exhibit the portrait of Dorian, according to Chapter One?

According to Chapter One, Basil does not want to exhibit the portrait of Dorian because he put too much of himself in it.

3. Why is Basil reluctant to introduce Dorian and Lord Henry?

Basil is reluctant to introduce Dorian and Lord Henry because he does not want Lord Henry corrupting Dorian’s innocence.

4. Why is Dorian intrigued by Lord Henry in Chapter Two?

Dorian is intrigued by Lord Henry in Chapter Two because Basil warned him that Lord Henry is a bad influence.

5. Why does the portrait of Dorian make him unhappy?

The portrait of Dorian makes him unhappy because it will remain young and beautiful while he grows old.

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