The Portrait of Dorian Gray: A Classic Novel by Oscar Wilde
The Portrait of Dorian Gray is a novel by Oscar Wilde, first published in 1890. It tells the story of a young and beautiful man, Dorian Gray, who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. He becomes corrupted by his own vanity and indulges in a life of hedonism and sin, while his portrait ages and reflects his moral decay.
The novel is considered one of Wilde's most famous and controversial works, as it explores themes such as art, morality, beauty, decadence, and the nature of the self. It also criticizes the hypocrisy and superficiality of Victorian society, which Wilde himself was a part of.
If you want to read this classic novel in Lithuanian, you can download a PDF version of it from various online sources. Here are some links to help you find it:
Oskaras Vaildas - Doriano Grejaus Portretas | PDF - Scribd
Doriano GrÄjaus portretas; Menininko jaunÅ³ dienÅ³ portretas : Wilde Oscar (1854-1900) : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
We hope you enjoy reading this masterpiece of literature and appreciate its timeless relevance and beauty.
Dorian is enchanted by the book that Lord Henry gives him, which describes the wicked exploits of a 19th-century French nobleman. He begins to see the book as a guide to his own life and follows its example in seeking out new sensations and vices. He also becomes obsessed with the idea that his portrait will keep a record of his every sin, while he remains young and innocent. He decides to hide the painting in his old schoolroom in the attic, where no one can see it.
Over the years, Dorian's reputation suffers greatly, as rumors circulate about his scandalous behavior and corrupting influence. He is involved in several mysterious deaths and suicides, and he ruins the lives of many people he associates with. He also develops a taste for opium and frequents the most sordid dens in London. However, he manages to retain his charm and beauty, and he is accepted by high society despite his dubious morality.
One night, he is confronted by James Vane, Sibyl's brother, who has sworn to avenge his sister's death. James follows Dorian to an opium den and then to his home, but he is accidentally killed by one of Dorian's friends who mistakes him for a hare while hunting. Dorian is shocked by this event and wonders if he should change his ways. He also notices that his portrait now bears a subtle likeness to James Vane.
As time passes, Dorian becomes more and more evil and depraved, but his appearance remains unchanged. He indulges in every kind of vice and crime, from drug abuse to murder, but he escapes detection and punishment thanks to his charm and influence. He also collects exotic and beautiful objects, such as jewels, tapestries, and perfumes, to satisfy his aesthetic sense. He is haunted by the portrait, which grows uglier and more distorted with each sin he commits. He keeps it locked away in the attic, where only he can see it.
One day, Basil visits Dorian and confronts him about his reputation. He asks him to show him the portrait, hoping that it will reveal some trace of goodness in him. Dorian agrees, but he is overcome by rage and shame when he sees the horrible image of his soul. He stabs Basil to death with a knife and then blackmails an old friend, Alan Campbell, into disposing of the body. He then goes to an opium den to forget his troubles.
Meanwhile, James Vane's ghost seems to haunt Dorian wherever he goes. Dorian fears that James's death was not an accident, but a divine judgment on his sins. He decides to reform his ways and be good for the sake of his love for Hetty Merton, a young country girl he meets at a party. He wonders if his change of heart will be reflected in the portrait. He returns to the attic and uncovers the painting, hoping to see a sign of repentance or innocence. However, he only sees a sneer of hypocrisy on the face of the portrait. He realizes that his attempt at goodness was only a selfish motive to escape his guilt and fate. He decides to destroy the portrait and end his curse. He grabs the same knife that he used to kill Basil and plunges it into the canvas. a474f39169