The Picture of Dorian Gray Questions: Chapter 2 (Dorian’s Wish)

Dorian: “How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June. … If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that – for that – I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!” (p25) Dorian never signs a contract with the devil, as in other “Faustian” tales; Wilde does not choose to focus on the “how’s.” How does this affect the novel? How would it have been different if Dorian had officially signed up for his fate?

Asked on 26.05.2017 in English Literature.
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