Key Dorian Gray Themes and Quotes for OCR AS English Literature

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Dorian Gray Theme Revision
Youth and Beauty
"All the candour of youth was there, as well as youths passionate
purity"
"And beauty is a form of genius--is higher indeed that genius as it
needs no explanation"
"It has a divine right of sovereignty"
"I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die"
"When one loses ones good looks, whatever they may be, one loses
everything"
"Youth is the only thing worth having. When I find that I am
growing old I shall kill myself"
"Young Adonis", "Narcissus"
`When your youth goes your beauty will go with it and then you will
discover that there are no triumphs left for you'
`I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their
good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects'
Influence
"Because to influence a person is to give him one's own soul. He
does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural
passions. His virtues are not real to him
"I always hear Harry's views from his friends"
"You filled me with the wild desire to know everything about life"
"Your voice and the voice of Sibyl Vane are two voices that I shall
never forget ... I don't know which one to follow"

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It must be if you say it"
"Dorian Gray was subject to his hand, and seemed to promise rich
and fruitful results"
"Lord Henry had told him that. Lord Henry knew what women
were"
"You have explained me to myself Harry"
Importance of wealth and class
`Margaret Deveraux made all the men frantic by running away with a penniless young
fellow.'
"When you have made your fortune, you must come back and assert yourself in London."
"Think of Dorian's birth, and position, and wealth.…read more

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Mr Gray, you yourself with your rosered youth and you rose white boyhood, you
have had passions that have mad you afraid
Lord Henry's derogative view of women
` the only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him completely that he loses all
possible interest in life'
`they are charmingly artificial, but they have no sense of art'
`As long as a woman looks ten years younger than her daughter she is perfectly happy'
`women appreciate cruelty, down right cruelty…read more

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