As for my thoughts on poor, sad Dorian... (yes, there will be spoilers)
|I love this picture. I am planning to watch this movie|
version later this week. I can't wait.
Well, I suppose that's it. He's poor and sad. I am of the school of thought that no matter what he (me?) may try, his (my?) sins always catch up with him (and me!). I thought it was interesting how Dorian hid away the ugly picture of himself, and even covered it. But every now and again, he liked to pull down the fabric and take a look. I guess he liked what he was doing--the power that he had over others. It got me thinking...is there something I like about doing the wrong thing? I keep on doing wrong. I wonder.
As for the character I most identified with, I would have to say Lord Henry. When I started reading this book, my first thought about Henry was, "This is what I would be like without Jesus." Which might give you a little more insight than I might like into my thoughts. I am ashamed to admit that I "get" Henry's fascination with pushing buttons and creating his own amusement. An argument could be made that Henry is the real villain of this story, who preys on young, naive Dorian. That may be true at first, but Dorian has plenty of time to learn to think for himself. He just chooses not to.
I know some people don't like Oscar Wilde, for a number of reasons. I have always found him amusing. I actually want to read An Ideal Husband this year if I can. I've seen The Importance of Being Earnest, so I'm going to skip reading it for now.
I have all kinds of thoughts about this book, some of which I am still mulling over. For those of you that have read it, what did you think?
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