While his image was getting older and more hideous in the painting, he aggressively showed off his beauty to people and enjoyed physical pleasure regardless of men or women. He concentrated too much on his outward appearance, and denied his image which reflected his inner being. In the end, he found the wrinkled and loathsome old-man in the painting, then he tried to tear the portrait with a knife. However, people found the portrait displaying Dorian’s splendid youth and beauty, and a dead man lying on the floor. The dead man was the same image that the portrait had shown to Dorian. By destroying the portrait, his appearance turned back to his real image. Donald R. Dickson, a professor of English at Texas A&M University, says, “Only by destroying the portrait can he strip away the masks and discover that the monstrosity hanging in the shadows of the old schoolroom is actually what he is.” The mask is his desire of the outward appearance and beauty. The dead man was the real appearance of Dorian after he took off his mask.
In the book, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lord Henry said, “The only things that one can use in fiction are the things that one has ceased to use in fact.” This might connote what Dorian would go through; Dorian did not want to acknowledge the flow of time and to admit the change of his inner being; thus he focused on his external being, and an unexplainable thing happened to