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The paper discusses how Robert Louis Stevenson conveys the moral state of his Victorian society in his work "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". The paper looks at how Dr. Jekyll yearns to indulge in his more socially inappropriate desires, and so he creates a potion that causes him to develop a dual personality; his good self, Dr. Jekyll, and the other, Mr. Hyde, an evil person who can partake in the forbidden acts that Jekyll craves. The paper explains that in Victorian society, people had to maintain an image of decency, so they led dual lives to address their sexual desires and other sensual cravings.
From the Paper:"Even before he has created his potion, Dr. Jekyll dreams of separating the two sides of "man's dual nature", the "good and the ill". (p 2200) He yearns for the freedom each will enjoy, without the other to restrict or shame. The name Jekyll gives to his other half, Mr. Hyde, (Hide) speaks volumes of his wish to keep his desires and urges "hidden". He uses a back door to get into Jekyll's home, another instance of him being "hidden". Hyde's appearance symbolizes society's feelings for someone of his character. He's described as "detestable", "displeasing" and as having some kind of deformity that no one can put their finger on. (p 2173) Jekyll's choice of a home for Hyde, in a run down, seedy part of London, is a perfect location for someone lacking any morality."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Major Authors, 8th Edition, Volume B. page 2169. New York, NY. W.W. Norton & Company, 2006.
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