Oscar Wilde Message Board

Alexander Southey posts on 1/1/2012 Alexander Southey has just written a review of The Canterville Ghost which you can see here
Chloe posts on 1/11/2010 5:33:17 PM I think that Dorian and Harry are to blame for the outcomes of the book. Dorian of course had a mind of his own but before he met harry his mind had not devloped enough and therefore (a really epically cheesy cliche coming up!) his mind was like a sponge that soaked up all of harrys ideas and concepts on life. So it is harrys fault that Dorian became the corrupt person that he was but, but it was indirectly harrys fault as he most likely didnt intend on corruting him in that way, he just wanted to watch someone so perceptible to new thoughts run out his notions.
posts on 6/4/2006 7:48:12 AM After reading this novel by Oscar Wilde was a relief. It is an eccenric novel centered around brooding and turbulent affairs of the corruption of the evil villains to homosexuality. I found this novel very well written and fasinating and exception to chp 11- the most boring chapter about Dorian reading the yellow evil book. very wierd i thought it was. though i do recommend it

Victoria posts on 11/5/2005 4:10:30 PM I haven't read The Picture of Dorian Grey yet, but what about 'The Importance of being Earnest' or 'Salome'? Both are great plays, one a hilarious comedy (Earnest) and the other a sensual tragedy (Salome).
SMOWFC posts on 3/21/2005 9:54:37 PM If you liked this book; read Dr.Jekell and Mr.Hyde.
Anna posts on 3/21/2005 9:17:59 PM Personally, I think Dorian was responsible for his own actions, and Lord Henry cannot be blamed. While his ideas played a part in changing the way Dorian thought, Lord Henry certainly isn't the one who swore Dorian's soul away, behaved cruelly towards Sibyl, or killed Basil. Part of the reason I *liked* the book was because Dorian could be just that nasty, and not just a silly, prettyboy hero like other characters in Victorian gothic novels. If you'll notice, Lord Henry doesn't seem to have acted on his theories to any great extent-- Dorian chose to do so. Not that Henry is totally blameless, but it can't all be his fault. Dorian had a brain of his own, too!
Kevin posts on 3/13/2005 9:55:34 PM I haven't read the whole book yet,but as far as I have read I believe that Dorian was completey innocent and would still be had he not meet Lord Henry.
Courtney Starz posts on 2/2/2005 1:21:37 AM I found this story gripping and bewildering. Lord Henry Wotton was streight up getto. But Dorian, wow. Man dat was some G'd up shizaat ma hood brother yo holla atcha gurl peace Court
nikki posts a bold assertion on 1/31/2005 6:22:27 PM Your wrong, because Dorian had a mind of his own. It's not Lord Henry's fault that Dorian was weak and without a realistic goal or purpose. Nobody could have made him do the things that he did,but he him self. That's what I don't understand. People who are weak and corrupt injoy themselves and when it comes time to give an explanation for their actions,they seem lost and without words. They'll find somebody else to blame for the weakness and defeat.
Laelia posts on 1/5/2005 6:45:09 PM This book is great in my opinion. It questions the real purpose of art. I did not like that Lord Henry did not get punished. I felt sorry for Dorian. It was all the fault of Henry.

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