Take this quiz to see how well you understand chapters 1 and 2. What happened to Dorian's mother and father? In Victorian times it was very common for people, particularly men, to have a public and private sphere. Henry is very much a meta-textual character; he is the most enjoyable to read and is utterly quotable. Throughout the novel, Wilde portrays Sybil as an aesthetically pleasing and beautiful character with her innocence and acting being her only faults. This means you will need to read the text closely and show how each writer creates effects through choices of language, form and structure.
In other words, he defies the artistic principles that structure the yellow book. Chapter 18 especially highlights his downfall and this builds the tension, questions raised and reader engagement. However there are actual women in the novel- first and arguably most importantly, there is Sybil Vane, the embodiment of aesthetic appeal; a Shakespearean heroine living in-the-flesh. . When zooming in on the effect on the reader, include which techniques are used by Wilde and why you think he deployed them. The chapter between the Duchess and Lord Henry is a stream of quickened witticisms and paradoxes; it is clever and delightful, and it is the speediest part of the novel in terms of pace.
What does Lord Henry want Basil to do? What does this tell us about how the story is told? And perhaps Wilde never wanted to be saved; as a character that he would like to be, Dorian begins as trapped between the choice of good principle and hedonism, yet follows the hedonistic path. Indeed, in one respect, The Picture of Dorian Gray seems to be a novel of extremely moral sensibilities, since Dorian suffers because he allows himself to be poisoned by a book. How do they think art functions in society? Consider specifically Basil, Lord Henry, and Dorian as they relate to each other. Each man sees his own sin in Dorian Gray. Wilde portrays two types of women polar opposites, those who are strong and upper class contrasting with the weak, naive women with no social influence. Although we improved in this area and made fantastic progress, what still lacks from your language analysis is the specific terminology of the subject.
There are many evil aspects of the novel, such as the murder of Basil, the blackmail of Alan Campbell, the visits to the opium dens, and the treatment of women and the lower social classes. The has everything you need to help a child learn to read through phonics: decodable stories, listening exercises, you name it. Why do you think Wilde added in this chapter? After this, Dorian becomes selfish and evil, yet he becomes compassionate towards Sibyl after he has hurt her, and we feel empathy for him when he encounters the news of her death. They are no more, and they are no less. Furthermore, your subtle blend of contextual information is very good, as well as your written fluency. I like how you answer this question from a variety of different perspectives an think constantly about using textual analysis to support your assertions.
The characters can be judged on their beauty through their appearance, goodness, art and love. Include some consideration of Victorian morality. Discuss Wilde's narrative voice in three or four instances. Are we expected to trust the narrator on every occasion? Originally, chapters 15-18 were not included but were added by Wilde in the 1891 edition of the novel. Although a long time friend to Lord Henry, he is untouched by his destructive hedonistic encouragement, and Basil denies himself the confession of attraction. Furthermore, your language analysis has improved phenomenally since the start of the year, moving from opinionated reviews to subtle interpretations. Remember the two most important aspects of this half of the exam: it is closed-booked, it is one hour long.
Is this true, based on Wilde's definition of the artist, as expressed in the preface? The young and the beautiful women in this novel, like in Shakespearean tragedies, are tragic and wretched in their beauties. During the novel, Wilde links to art as the centrepiece to base the novel around and this was often the case within his portrayal of women, especially Sybil. This section contains 4,143 words approx. Lord Henry in his talks with the young Dorian has opened his eyes to the realities of the world, changing forever how Dorian sees himself and those around him. Likewise, is Dorian responsible for his own ruination, or is Lord Henry? We have already discussed the significance of these chapters and why Wilde may have added them. Consider the presentation of dualism within the novel, particularly in the development of the main character. Who do we learn more about — Dorian or Lord Henry? Alternatively, Wilde could be capturing his personal isolated state of mind.
It would kill this monstrous soul-life, and without its hideous warnings, he would be at peace. It is not clear if Wilde wants the reader to perceive James Vane as a beautiful character or an ugly one. Henry is another prime example of this within the picture of Dorian Gray as when he is with other important people in society he agrees in the way society functions and how people act whereas when he is with Dorian and Basil he is a completely different person. Listening lesson plans with mp3 files also available. Why might Wilde have added this in? This chapter marks the start of the James Vane revenge sub-plot.
Be sure to touch on the glossing-over of 18 years in chapter 11. He seized it, and stabbed the canvas with it, ripping the thing right up from top to bottom. It almost creates the impression that Dorian wants to become distressed by James Vane and pass out because it gives him attention through where Lady Narborough and Lord Henry rushed over to him. Finally, although you do not use a lot of support quotations from the text, those which are used are chosen excellently and prove your point perfectly. However, Lord Henry arrives and he becomes more willingly to chat.
How does Dorian describe him? You have answered it clearly, demonstrating a sound knowledge and understanding of the text and task. I like the way you have thought about answering the question from a variety of different characters, making consistently detailed comparisons throughout. This section contains 4,143 words approx. Who is Basil conversing with at the beginning of the story? Does Dorian appear cowardly in this passage or do we sympathise with his fear? All with comprehensive Teacher Notes included. Worksheets that save paper, ink and time. How would you report it? What role does Aestheticism play in the novel? This is ironic, as Dorian brings thrill, suspense and domination to the novel.