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The Portrait of Dorian Grey

The Picture of Dorian Grey

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Published in 1890, Oscar Wildes famous tale was his only novel. It tells of a young man, Dorian Grey, who makes a wish that his portrait would age rather than himself, which mysteriously comes true. As he lives his life without care, his sins are gradually reflected in his changing image in the portrait. It becomes uglier as time goes by, whilst Dorian remains young and handsome.

The story is of interest because of the title.

Many remember it as The Portrait of Dorian Grey, rather than The Picture of Dorian Grey, and are pointing to the Mandela Effect as a possibility for this.


Wilde was forced to remove several passages from the novel before publication, and it was further subjected to censorship without his knowledge and approval. This is because of the perception of moral degradation it depicted being too much for the Victorian audience of the day. Even in this form, it caused a minor scandal and Wilde was accused of being a corrupting influence. Later, when he was tried for his homosexual activities, the book was referenced as an indicator of the morals he lived by.

Modern day social media addicts could do well to read this book, since they took seek to promote the perfect lifestyle and image of themselves whilst hiding the dark reality behind the veil.

Confusing the word "picture" with the word "portrait" is easily understood here since in this context, they mean the same thing. It's also significant that they both being with "p". Many people won't be familiar with the work at all, and those who are just know it's something about a painting which changes. Since that painting is of a person, Dorian Grey, and that name is in the title, it's of no matter to the whole concept whether its a "picture" or a "portrait".