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Teaching The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. Basil is impressed by Dorian's beauty and becomes infatuated with him, believing his beauty is responsible for a new mode in his art. Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil's, and becomes enthralled by Lord Henry's world view. Espousing a new hedonism, Lord Henry suggests the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty and fulfilment of the senses. Realizing that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian (whimsically) expresses a desire to sell his soul to ensure the portrait Basil has painted would age rather than he. Dorian's wish is fulfilled, and when h

Oscar Wilde
Project Gutenberg

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STANDARDS:
RL.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.3 - Characters & Plot, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone, RL.5 - Text Structure, RL.6 - Point of View, RL.9 - Compare Texts

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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