Colors symbolic of purity and innocence and sin and gore populate the story at crucial moments. One of the first noticeable examples is when Sybil’s Vane
’s body is described as “little” and “white”, emphasizing her ruined purity. Dorian
’s devolvement into a monstrous, unnatural figure is stained with bloody colors. Increasingly, as we move towards the climax of the novel, redness seems to gather until Dorian starts to see blood-like marks on his portrait. These color symbols create a visual surface in the text, showing us clearly the difference between right and wrong and giving the action a kind of painted effect.