Friday, March 15, 2013

Dorian Gray 13-16 Fishbowl


  1. Jon:
    I don't think that Dorian really saw killing Basil as a risk. He was so overcome with anger by Basil that all he could think about was killing him. He blamed Basil for everything bad in his life- all the pain he felt from the portrait so he thought he HAD to kill Basil. I think he only thought about the repercussions of his actions after they happened and that is why he called Alan in.

  2. Colton:
    I believe that Dorian is responsible for his own manifest now, his actions have become to extreme to hold his old creator responsible. Dorian knows that murder is wrong- everything he has learned in life has taught him that and yet he commits it anyways. Lord Henry never said anything about murder and Dorain doesn't call him in to help clean up his mess anyways which leds me to believe that Dorian also knows he has no one but himself to blame in this situation.

  3. Jackie:
    I was wondering the exact same thing! I think he might either know about a shady deed they commited together or something that Dorain influenced him into doing.

  4. Brendan:
    I think that Dorian might have a sense that he is hurting all these people. It would explain why he became so upset when Basil brought it up to him and it also leads me to believe that Dorian doesn't want to accept that it is true and is trying to push that uncomfortable fact out of his mind.

  5. Jon:
    I didn't think that Dorian has lost all sense of his soul until he kills Basil. Before the murder you could see short spurts of good in him like after he treated Sybil poorly he regretted it. But after this murder whatever good was left in him is now gone.

  6. Ava:
    I can't think of a single example of when selling your soul is good either. In Harry Potter the professor did it in hopes of becoming more powerful like Lord Voldermort but he just ended up dying a horrible death while Lord Voldermort went on to the next thing.

  7. Kimberly:
    I think that Dorian's reaction to their deaths are very significant. Before during Sybil's death I still saw some good in Dorian which is why he was more upset and sorry about Sybil's death. With Basil's death though he is so far gone that he doesn't even care. You don't see him repent for his actions for a moment, he is just worried about getting away with the murder.

  8. To Jon J’s comment: I believe Dorian takes the risk of killing Basil because he does not want to give up all the freedom that his no consequence sinning has. I thought that Wilde was using Basil’s character to show what Dorian’s own judgment could not tell him anymore. When Dorian’s soul was placed in the painting I believe many of his inhibitions were also taken away

    To Ava’s comment: I think Dorian used a kind of blackmail on Campbell that was personal to both their lives but only implicated Campbell himself. I believe that it had something to do with a love affair between them. Dorian had most likely convinced Campbell to do something out of good society and something that would ruin his reputation for the future.

    To Kimberly M’s comment: As Dorian loses more of his soul he has fewer inhibitions and worse judgment in every aspect. He makes choices that are bad for everyone around him but he manages to get away unhurt. I believe he felt more deeply about Sybil’s because he had more of his soul then than he did when he killed Basil. He was so corrupt by that point that there wasn’t really anything in his better judgment to make him feel guilty for it.

    Will anyone ever find out it was Dorian who killed Basil?
    Will Lord Henry find out about Dorian’s soul? Will that be Dorian’s turning point?
    Will anyone else die at Dorian’s hands? If so who do you think it will be?
    Will any woman make Dorian fall in love? What would be the outcome of this?
    Is Dorian’s fainting something caused by the loss of his soul? Will it end up killing hum?