Discussion question – The Picture of Dorian Gray: In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture

In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, the author alludes to the story of Narcissus, a young man in Greek mythology who, upon seeing his own image in a pool of water, fell in love with himself and died because he refused to be parted from his beloved. To what extent does the myth fit the story of the novel? Is Dorian Gray a modern Narcissus? Support your argument with details from the book.

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