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1. While Dorian was thinking to himself, one of his thoughts was, "You can't escape from words." (P.9)

How did this statement prove to be ture in his life?

Do our words ever trap us, becoming/causing something we can't stop?

2. Lord Henry told Dorian, " When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good, we aren't always happy."(P.23)

What does he mean?

Do you agree with this idea? Why or why not?

3.Once a person makes a decision to live a certain way, can he/ she change?(P.30)

If yes, is it easy to change, or does it become progressively more difficult?

4. Somethings it might seem difficult to know who is to blame for a person's actions. How much was Lord Henry to blame for the changes in Dorian's life?(While thinking of the answer to his question, take into consideration the fact that Henry said that he could influence Dorian in anyway that he wanted (P.15), the book that Henry lent Dorian (P.33), and any other things that Henry said or did that might have influence Doiran. ) 用百分比回答並說明影響原因

Are we wholly responsible for our actions, or are others who have influence us somehow responsible? Or, are both the doer and those who influence the doer responsible? Who was more evil, Dorian or Henry? Why do you think so?

5.How did Henry's fear of death affect his life?(P.52)

Did Henry 's fear of death affect his words? If yes, how?

6.What was Dorian 's real problem?(P.41 might give you a clue to this answer.)

7.Towards the end of the story, Dorian talks of changing. Can a person like him ever change? Dorian hoped to "....kill the past, and when that is dead,... be free"(P.55)

Is it possible for people to do that?

If not, why not? If yes, can you think of any examples to support your answer?




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  • 1 0 年前

    1-1 The "words" Dorian was thinking are the words people speak. His life is influenced by Lord Henry's words in this story.


    Oscar Wild said “Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?”

    (Try to use your personal experience for this question as well)


    To Lord Henry, being "good" is having youth and beauty. In a society that prizes beauty so highly, youth and physical attractiveness become valuable commodities. Lord Henry reminds Dorian of as much upon their first meeting, when he laments that Dorian will soon enough lose his most precious attributes.


    (You would probably say no, since valuing physical attributes is shallow and not lasting.)


    (You would probably say yes, although the story shows that certain characters do not change (Lord Henry), but some others do change (Dorian) when they gain a different outlook on life.)


    The outcome of what happened to Dorian shows that it becomes progressively more difficult.

    2006-11-21 04:43:35 補充:

    4-1 用百分比回答並說明影響原因 (should be a low percentage)The painting and the yellow book have a profound effect on Dorian, influencing him to predominantly immoral behavior over the course of nearly two decades.

    2006-11-21 04:44:30 補充:

    Reflecting on Dorian’s power over Basil and deciding that he would like to seduce Dorian in much the same way, Lord Henry points out that there is “something terribly enthralling in the exercise of influence.”

    2006-11-21 04:45:19 補充:

    Falling under the sway of such influence is, perhaps, unavoidable, but the novel ultimately censures the sacrifice of one’s self to another. Basil’s idolatry of Dorian leads to his murder, ...

    2006-11-21 04:47:50 補充:

    (continued in 意見)

    2006-11-21 04:48:34 補充:

    Basil’s idolatry of Dorian leads to his murder, and Dorian’s devotion to Lord Henry’s hedonism and the yellow book precipitate his own downfall.

    2006-11-21 04:48:41 補充:

    It is little wonder, in a novel that prizes individualism—the uncompromised expression of self—that the sacrifice of one’s self, whether it be to another person or to a work of art, leads to one’s destruction.

    2006-11-21 04:49:07 補充:


    (I would say both are responsible, but we are more responsible for ourselves than others. I also think that Dorian is more evil than the static character, ...

    2006-11-22 10:46:52 補充:

    Henry because Dorian's change only proves that he is more evil than you would have thought at the beginning of the book... however this question is up to your discretion.)

    參考資料: Self, SparkNotes