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Portrait de Dorian Gray

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In "Portrait de Dorian Gray," Oscar Wilde mesmerizes readers with his masterful storytelling and thought-provoking exploration of vanity, morality, and the consequences of indulging in one's desires.

The main character, Dorian Gray, is a strikingly handsome and charming young man who becomes obsessed with his own beauty. After having his portrait painted by the talented artist Basil Hallward, Dorian makes a wish that he could remain youthful and unblemished while the painting ages and reflects the true toll of his sins.

As Dorian's life spirals into a hedonistic frenzy of debauchery and moral decay, the portrait begins to change, mirroring the corruption of his soul. Wilde's sharp wit and keen observations on society's obsession with appearance and superficiality make this novel a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers.

"Portrait de Dorian Gray" is a haunting and poignant exploration of the human condition, showcasing the destructive power of vanity and the consequences of living a life devoid of empathy and compassion. Wilde's lyrical prose and vivid imagery transport readers into a world of beauty, decadence, and ultimately, tragedy. This novel is a powerful reminder of the dangers of unchecked desires and the importance of living a life guided by virtue and integrity.

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"Le Portrait de Dorian Gray" fut écrit et publié par Oscar Wilde en 1890 et révisé en 1891. Touchant des sujets philosophiques et fantastiques, Wilde révèle le côté décadent de l'époque Victorienne, touchant même au Satanisme, avec le jeune Dorian Gray, qui rend son âme à un portrait de lui-même, afin de ne jamais vieillir. En effet, Dorian reste toujours jeune, mais peu à peu, il perd son innocence et sa compassion. La beauté de sa figure ne change pas, mais le portrait commence à montrer l'aspect hideux qui a enveloppé son âme. Horrifié, il cache ce portrait, qui chaque jour, devient de plus en plus monstrueux. L'auteur introduit des questions de moralité, beauté, jeunesse, et l'hédonisme. Plusieurs de critiques contemporains de Wilde ont jugé son roman "répugnant." Cependant, ce titre reste jusqu'à nos jours une des oeuvres plus lues et plus aimées de la littérature anglaise. Cette traduction fut écrite par Eugène Tardieu, et publiée en 1920. - Summary by Linda Olsen Fitak


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