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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Please do not replace with a slasher movie, or anything from the Saw franchise, or mindless horror.
Think about how your choice connects with some of the themes of the course:
The nature of evil,duplicity, atmosphere and setting, damsels in distress, controlling personalities, misunderstood monsters, Vampires and people who act like vampires, dungeons, the quest to live forever, the quest to remain eternally youthful, blind trust , deceit, creepy villians, etc.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, is another great classic that comes out of the Victorian age. The Victorians, with their sexual repression and classist values, have given us such a wealth of gothic and horror. This story strikes us as actually being very modern in that youth and beauty are so prized to the point of the exclusion of all other values, and even to the point of immoral behavior and hedonism.
Refresh your research or if you have already explored the Victorian age) do some basic research on the Victorian age, if you are not familiar with it because it informs many of the works we have discussed in this course. There are two film versions to view, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1945, directed by Albert Lewin. Then there is the 2009 Dorian Gray, directed by Oliver Parker. By far the older version is superior, even though the newer one has updated the storyline.
View the older film version and if you want, view the second modern one, or some of the scenes ( I don’t think the updated version is a quality film ) Consider these points:
How do the films’ motifs and themes build on the themes of identity that you explored in Jekyll & Hyde? What ‘deals with the devil” do we see today? Who, in our present-day age represents Dorian Gray and how is celebrity culture similar to Dorian Gray’s lifestyle? How would the story be different if Dorian were a woman?
Check out Oscar Wilde’s quotes:
Here are some great ones
I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars5 of 5 starsA man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray 422 likes
She is all the great heroines of the world in one. She is more than an individual. I love her, and I must make her love me. I want to make Romeo jealous. I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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She is very clever, too clever for a woman. She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Always! That is a dreadful word. It makes me shudder when I hear it. Women are so fond of using it. They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever. It is a meaningless word, too. The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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We women, as some one says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes…
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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The one charm of the past is that it is the past.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray
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One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
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