The Picture of Dorian Gray: chapter 2

1. "As they entered they saw Dorian Gray" (page 22).

Who are "they"? Basil Hallward and Lord Henry Wotton

Where do they enter? Into Hallward's house

2. Right or wrong? Justify from the text.

a. Basil Hallward tries to get rid of Lord Henry.

Right: "Would you think it awfully rude of me if I asked you to go away?"

b. Lord Henry accepts to leave Basil and Dorian alone.

Wrong:"Lord Henry smiled, and looked at Dorian Gray. 'Am I to go, Mr Gray?' he asked."

3. "All influence is immoral - immoral from the scientific point of view" (page 24).

What does Lord Henry mean? Do NOT quote from the text in your answer.

He means that influencing someone amounts to interfering with their own development, preventing them from being themselves.

4. In what passages does Lord Henry state his moral philosophy?

"The aim of life is self-development."

"To realise one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for."

"I believe that if one man..."

What are the three most important values according to him?

Pleasure, beauty, Being oneself.

5. What is Lord Henry's influence on Basil's picture?

Lord Henry introduces Dorian to new ideas, which set the young man's mind reeling, so the expression on his face changes as he is sitting to Basil.

6. Why is Dorian upset by Lord Henry (pages 28-29)?

Because Lord Henry "reveal[s] him to himself."

7. "As he thought of it, a sharp pang of pain struck through him like a knife" (page 33). What does "it" refer to?

The fact that he will one day become old and ugly.

8. What would Dorian "give [his] soul" for (page 34)?

To retain his youth and good looks all his life while his portrait would age.

9. What does Dorian prevent Basil from doing?

Destroying the picture.

10. Why did Basil try to do that?

Because Dorian is upset at seeing the beautiful picture whereas his own beauty is mortal.

11. "As soon as you are dry, you shall be varnished, framed and sent home. Then you can do what you like with yourself." (page 36).

What do the words in bold letters refer to? Dorian's portrait

12. Why is there "a look of pain" on Basil's face at the end of the chapter (page 39)?

Because Dorian has made friends with Lord Henry.

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