It is a great concept that a portrait would depict the true representation of not only a person’s appearance but also their character. Lord Henry’s narcissistic speech about how “…beauty is a form of genius…You have only a few years in which to live really, perfectly, and fully”, prompts Dorian’s preoccupation to remain forever beautiful (Page 24-5). Dorian’s desire to never grow old and ugly is fueled only by shallow and materialistic thoughts, especially after Lord Henry tells Dorian that he has a wonderful personality, which often trumps beauty as a desirable characteristic. Dorian does not consider the consequences of bartering his soul so that his portrait would represent the progression of his aging. It is also interesting to note that even though Dorian seems to care only about true beauty, he loves Sibyl Vane for her artistic talent as an actress. Lord Henry even presents the question to Dorian about what else he could want from a woman except beauty. Dorian proclaims to Sibyl that, “I loved you because you were marvellous, because you had genius and intellect, because you realized the dreams of great poets and gave shape and substance to the shadows of art…You are shallow and stupid…What are you now? A third-rate actress with a pretty face” (Page 88). While Dorian cares about nothing more than to maintain his beauty, he shuns Sibyl because she has lost the one characteristic that Dorian found attractive.