went wrong on the social scale, they looked to the skies for similar upsets. Vane Sibyl Vanes mother, also an actress, who has difficulty expressing a non-dramatic emotion. Lord Kelso Grandfather to Dorian Gray. Aesthetes might have overstated the point. Lord Henry talks to Dorian Gray of his philosophy of life. The portrait of Dorian Gray bears all the traces of his sins. For Basil Hallward, the beauty should be pursued because it idealizes the viewer. He decides early on that he wants to dominate. Minor Characters Lady Brandon A society lady who has a "crush" at which Basil Hallward meets Dorian Gray.
Dorian Gray plays it out in his life. Overall analyses character analysis Basil Hallward Basil Hallward is perhaps an old-fashioned representative of the aesthetic movement. He is planning to leave London for Paris that night, but he came to see Dorian first because he has been hearing so many disturbing rumors about his young friend. Dorian Gray, on the other hand, retains the innocent look of youth and so people have a great deal of difficulty believing the stories about his bad habits. Dorian is described as "wonderfully handsome, with his finely-curved scarlet lips, his frank blue eyes and his crisp gold hair. Lord Gray wittily ridicules the goals of philanthropy and Dorian is swept away by his logic. He arranged for his daughters husband, Dorians father, to be killed in a duel. For Dorian Gray, sin is ugliness and therefore sin is horrible. Yet he discovers and falls in love with Sibyl Vane, a pretty actress. Vane thinks her daughter might be able to get money out of the aristocratic young man. Dorian Gray Dorian Gray is the beautiful object of two mens attentions. It is a moral book.
Hetty Merton A country girl whom Dorian Gray woos and then leaves before ruining her innocence. Basil begs Dorian to pray with him, urging Dorian to reform immediately. Then comes Lord Henry, the man who brings Dorian Gray into self-consciousness and pulls him away from the influence of Basil Hallward. Finally, he decides his fears are unfounded and goes out to join the hunting party. His literary career started when he graduated in 1879 and he moved to London.