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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is a fantastic adventure into sin. The premise is simple: what would happen if you could get away with anything? The answer, of course, is never that easy.

Dorian is interesting because of the transition he makes. He started out as a youth, as beautiful as he was pure. Of course, he has foils: an artistic moral friend and one that’s out to corrupt him as an experiment. Dorian is free to choose his own path, but the temptation of hedonism is too much.

The most interesting part of the story is his exploration into spirituality. Dorian is given incontrovertible proof that there is a soul, and yet he continues to try to deny that there is life after death, his spiritual tenets all revolve around the material world. Why? Would anyone else behave differently? Does the certainty of the existence of a soul make any difference?

Originally published at my blog. You can comment here or there.


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