The Picture of Dorian Grey Chapters 1-5 questions

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Chapter One

a. Why does Basil refuse to show Dorian's portrait?

b. Why doesn't Basil want Henry to meet Dorian?

Chapter Two

a. Why is "influence […] immoral" (18), according to Henry?

b. Is there, or should there, be a separate morality for the beautiful?

c. What change does the portrait bring in Dorian?

Chapter Three

a. What does this quote mean: "She behaves as if she was beautiful. Most American women do. It is the secret of their charm" (35)? Put the quote in context in your answer.

b. What makes youth attractive? Can anything keep you young?

Chapter Four

a. What are two signs that Dorian has been thoroughly influenced by Henry?

b. Explain the quote: "Nowadays people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing" (47).

c. Why does Henry consider Dorian "premature" (59)?

Chapter Five

a. What is Henry's view of "forever" (71)?

b. What does James Vane learn about his parentage?

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The Picture of Dorian Gray
Chapter One
a. Why does Basil refuse to show Dorian's portrait?
Basil is not comfortable with sharing the portrait of Dorian Gray because of, in his words, the
“curious artistic idolatry” of the subject in the portrait, He knows the gentleman and is strangely
fascinated by him but it is a cause of great anxiety for Basil and he refuses to show the painting because
of it.
b. Why doesn't Basil want Henry to meet Dorian?
Basil is afraid that Henry will influence the young man, because Henry is not the most
scrupulous of fellows. He also doesn't want Henry to try and convince Dorian that the painting should
be shown.
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