Dorian starts out eager to experience the world and make friends in it, but also a moralistic young man who doesn’t want to see anything bad and who argues with his friend Henry about doing what’s right, because it’s a matter of personal conscience. But the more he leans into being around Henry, the more his conscience starts to fade and “rot” sets into his soul. He becomes an outright hedonist, over-reliant upon his sexual and physical urges and impulses; taking bets to seduce girls (and their mother too, for double or nothing), drinking to excess, hosting orgies in his home, dancing away half the night, etc. He is also opportunistic and attentive to his environment, noticing the damage to his portrait and immediately understanding that his bargain with the devil was real. He seduces the artist to keep the secret from him, then strangles and stabs him to death, cuts him into pieces, and dumps him in the river. Dorian spends years abroad and returns as youthful and attractive as ever, much to the shock of his friends, where he promptly becomes romantically involved with Henry’s daughter, much to his distress. When Henry confronts him with the awful truth, Dorian spits out that he did everything Henry philosophized about, he lived the life of hedonism and excess that Henry idealized. Whenever Dorian is not himself, he loops into lower Te behaviors – cruelty, bluntness, and doing whatever he must, to ensure his own lack of discovery, including murder, blackmail, and covering up his many sins. He becomes violent to protect his secret, but also feels like needs to return to being his Fi self – Dorian struggles hard against his evil impulses, at times coming out of his darkness and being remorseful about it, but it’s never quite enough to save him, until he takes it upon himself to destroy the portrait, knowing he will die with it – a sort of atonement for his sins.

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Dorian starts out an idealistic young man, naïve, impressionable, and wanting to see the good in everyone and help them, and becomes an unapologetic hedonist, who cannot bear the thought of pleasure passing from him as he gets older, and condemns his soul to hell by trading it for eternal youth. He shifts in and out of compassion and empathy into callousness and hedonism, always afraid of exposure and violent in his protests that he has done no wrong, that he should apologize for nothing, and that he is not responsible for the ruin of the woman he loved. He refuses to take responsibility for any of it, until at the very end, he sees what he has done, how he has ruined himself and others, and chooses to keep the demonic painting (and thus himself) with a sword through the chest. Dorian has spent his entire life adapting to what others need and want from him and finding himself in them –but also in losing himself to his experiences. In being so obsessed with his own beauty and attractiveness, he destroys himself.