The Picture of Dorian Gray: chapter 4

Rouge (page 58): maquillage. Box (page 59): loge. Corked (eyebrows, page 61): blackened with a burnt cork. Figure (page 61): silhouette. The pit (page 61): the spectators standing at ground level of the theatre.

1. What do you learn from paragraph 1 about Dorian’s relationship to Lord Henry?

2. What element of the novel is prominent in the first two paragraphs?

3. Here are pictures of Jacques Urlus and Sandor Konya as Lohengrin.

Find out about the story of Lohengrin. Can you think of common points between him and Dorian?


4. What image is given of Lady Henry?


5. Quote from page 59 to show Lord Henry’s influence on Dorian.


6. What has happened to Dorian?


7. Associate Dorian’s descriptions of Sibyl’s Shakespeare roles with the roles and the plays:

Roles: Desdemona, Imogen, Juliet, Rosalind.

Plays: As You Like It, Cymbeline, Othello, Romeo and Juliet

Dorian's descriptions roles plays
“I have seen her die in the gloom of an Italian tomb, sucking the poison from her lover’s lips.”    
“I have watched her wandering through the forest of Arden, disguised as a pretty boy (....).”    
“She has been mad, and has come into the presence of a guilty king, and given him rue to wear, and bitter herbs to taste of.”    
“She has been innocent, and the black hands of jealousy have crushed her reed-like throat.”    

8. What is arranged for the following day?

9. Page 67, what shows that Dorian’s relationship to Basil has evolved?

10. How does Lord Henry consider Dorian?

11. What piece of news is brought to Lord Henry at the end of the chapter?

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