Twitter Role-Play: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Exercise #4)

This week, we’re having a little fun with our readings while engaging with The Picture of Dorian Gray in a playful, dramatic way: a PUBLIC ROLE -PLAY!

Please participate–IT’S EASY, AND ALL ARE WELCOME! 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 … 10 days after Oscar Wilde’s birthday:


THE TASK: Pick a fictional character from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (or alternatively, from Huysmans’ Against Nature, or Rachilde’s Monsieur Vénus) and tweet a brief  statement (140 characters or less) addressed to Dorian Gray.   Give Dorian a piece of your mind!  Tell him what you think of him and his actions, lament or rejoice at his demise, assure him of your sympathy, flirt with him, insult him, adore him, ask him about his private doings, offer help, offer goods, give advice, heckle or praise, etc. etc., whatever tickles your fancy–tell Dorian what you’ve always wanted to tell him but never dared to say in public–until now! Your statement should sound pretty typical of your chosen character and include your character’s name at the beginning (examples below).

Possible fictional characters you might want to consider impersonating are

  • Lord Henry Wotton, Basil Hallward, Sibyl Vane, Alan Campbell, Hetty, Gladys, Lady Henry (from Dorian Gray)
  • Des Esseintes, a Jesuit priest, Miss Urania (from A rebours)
  • Raoule de Vénerande, Raittolbe, Jacques, Aunt Ermengarde, Marie Silvert (from Monsieur Vénus)
  • or any other character from these three novels you’d like to impersonate in order to “talk back” to Dorian

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:  Sign into  Compose one or as many tweets as you like to participate (maximum length 140 characters total, including spaces and punctuation).  Include the name of your chosen character at the start, and the hash tag #digwilde at the very end of your tweet (make sure you include a space before the #). Post your tweet any time on Friday, October 26, 2012.

As an alternative, if you are not a Twitter user:  your fictional character may leave Dorian a comment in the “Comments” section below, or send him an email at

Be creative, be bold, be daring.  Snark, wit, and nostalgia are all welcome.  If you’re lucky, Dorian Gray will personally reply to you via our direct and personal line to the fictional and real dead, @wildedecadents!

Here a few practice tweets we already published last week (general statements by fictional characters in the novel), to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Basil: This is too much. Next time, I’m painting a landscape. #digwilde
  • Basil: If I am to truly appreciate my art, then I must not be left in a hansom cab, guys. #digwilde
  • Basil: The simpletons in this world have it the easiest. With nothing to look forward to, they’ll never be disappointed. #digwilde
  • James “Jim” Vane: Does anyone else not trust rich people?#99percent #digwilde
  • Lord H: If I didn’t exist, they would’ve had to invent me. #digwilde
  • Dorian Gray: Spent the longest time in the closet today: couldn’t decide what to wear for the Opera tonight. #digwilde


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13 responses to “Twitter Role-Play: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Exercise #4)

  1. Open assignment that involves literature and role playing; I love it.

  2. Ryan Fong

    Sybil: You’re so vain, I bet you think this tweet is about you. #digwilde

  3. Alan Campbell’s personal ad on to which Dorian could have responded:

    Me: shy bottom scientist, will clean up your mess
    UB Golden Boy Greek ideal. Tops only.

  4. Basil: I thought we were friends! This is so over. -YG

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