The Picture of Dorian Gray Chapter 12 Character Change

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  • Dorian's Character Evolution (Chapter 12)
    • Dorian has begun to seduce and debase young men, tainting their reputation in the process (Chapter 12)
      • "Why is your friendship so fatal to young men?" (Basil)
      • "Sir Henry Ashton, who had to leave England with a tarnished name"
      • "That wretched boy in the Guards"
    • Outwardly, Dorian dreads speaking to and tries to avoid Basil (Chapter 12)
      • "[Dorian] made no sign of recognition,and went on quickly"
      • (Upon Dorian seeing Basil) "A strange sense of fear, for which [Dorian] could not account, came over him"
    • More and more so, Dorian is utilising Lord Henry's vocabulary and turns of phrase (becoming Henry?) (Chapter 12)
      • "Nothing is serious nowadays. At least nothing should be"
      • "I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don't interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty"
    • Dorian is becoming rather openly blasphemous/he lacks the expected fear of God (due to him being around Harry or the devil?) (Chapter 12)
      • "I shall show you my soul. You shall see the thing that you fancy only God can see"
      • "This is blasphemy Dorian!"(Basil)
    • Dorian's previous casual dislike of Basil is slowly escalating to hatred. (Chapter 12)
      • 'There was a curl of contempt in his lips'
      • "Don't touch me. Finish what you have to say"
    • Dorian very quickly shrugged off Sybil's death  after Lord Henry convinced him to (caring less and less for others) (Chapter 8)
      • 'A cry of pain broke from the lad's lips.."Dead! Sybil dead! It is not true! It is a horrible lie! How dare you say it?" '
        • 'He would not think any more of what she had made him go through, on that horrible night at the theatre'
    • Dorian is becoming far more selfish, unable to view things from other's point of view such as for Sybil the night of her terrible acting (Chapter 7)
      • ' "Yes" he cried, "you have killed my love. You used to stir my imagination. Now you don't even stir my curiosity" '
      • "I can't see you again. You have disappointed me"
      • "Don't touch me!" he cried.
    • As a result of Lord Henry's influence, Dorian has become very paranoid about growing old (Chapter 2)
      • 'There would be a day the his face would be wrinkled and he thought of it, a sharp pang of pain struck through him"
      • "How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young"
      • "When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself"


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