The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray


Oscar Wilde

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The Picture of Dorian Gray: The Preface Summary & Analysis

The novel begins with a short preface, a line of reasoning that suggests that Art has no purpose and all beauty is useless. It is an argument introducing the themes of the story to follow.
The preface makes us aware of the novel to follow as a work of art, so we enter the story unsure of whether to believe in it or see it as “useless.”
Surfaces, Objects and Appearances Theme Icon
Art and the Imitation of Life Theme Icon