The Opium Dens In The Picture Of Dorian Gray

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A predominate symbol in the book is Dorian’s portrait. His picture shows the deterioration off his soul and the effects his corruption and sin have upon it. Another symbol in the book is the opium dens. They represent the decline in Dorian’s state of mind. When Dorian murders Basil he ends up fleeing to the opium dens and he’s completely messed up afterwards. The opium dens show Dorian’s struggle as he tries to forget what he has reflected his state of mind and soul. Sybil’s brother James Vane serves as reminder of his past errors and sins he’s committed. He essentially serves as a type of reminder to Dorian that eventually his sins will catch up to him. At the beginning of the novel, beautiful laburnums are pointed out and noted for its

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