Rachel Reviews: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Does anyone else enjoy reading about wretched characters?

‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde is a novel full of such different (yet interesting) characters.  It is similar to many of the books that I have read for Victorian Literature, yet it is one that I have enjoyed the most.



 “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”- Oscar Wilde



Quick Synopsis:

Would you rather beauty or a soul?

Oscar Wilde creates a story of moral degredation. Dorian Gray, a once naive, innocent youth, delves into a world of dark desires. For all he’s outward beauty, Dorian’s tortured soul lies hidden away in his library. While Dorian seems to remain detached from his wrongdoings, the portrait, once so fine and admirable of a painting, has carried the burden of Dorian’s sins.



Below is the Amazon link to the novel:




My Thoughts:

I really liked this book, and Dorian Gray as a character.

I liked Dorians carelessness and selfish nature.  Although he is cruel and vain, he is the most interesting character to read about. Most of the other novels I have read for Victorian Literature deal with a character giving in to the dark desires they possess. However, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ is the only novel, that I have read, that allows the reader into the mind of such creatures.

It was a very well written novel, as one would expect from Oscar Wilde. Honestly, it is important not to take beautiful writing for granted.  I believe that it is the writing itself, not  the plot, that can create the best of tales.





Below is the 2009 film adaption trailer titled ‘Dorian Gray’

This trailer belongs to The Movie Planet




Have you read the novel? What were your thoughts?


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