Dorian is handsome, debonair and charming, and he wants to stay that way.  In fact, he’ll do anything to stay young and handsome – forever.  So when he looks at his portrait and wishes that the portrait could age in his place…He gets his wish, but with awful consequences…The tale of Dorian Gray’s gradual moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.”