"Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"
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The paper discusses how "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" has often been read as a novel on the duality of character and how, to a large extent, this kind of interpretation was extended to the readers by Jekyll's own admission that his life could be studied as one "committed to a profound duplicity". The writer proposes that closer reading of the novel reveals that Jekyll's personality disorder was caused by severe dependency on a drug. The writer argues that this heavy consumption of some psychoactive substance results in duplicity of personality which closely resembled the author's own life. The paper concludes that the "Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" was not a simplistic study of good and evil but instead of one man's heavy dependence on chemicals, which caused a psychotic disorder.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Robert Louis Stevenson. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Lincoln: Univ. of Nebraska, 1990)
- Philip R. Kavanaugh, Magnificent Addiction: Discovering Addiction Healing (Lower Lake, CA: Aslan, 1992), p. 9.
- "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," Vladimir Nabokov: Lectures on Literature, ed. Fredson Bowers (New York: Harvest/HBJ, 1980).
- Richard T. Gaughan, "Mr. Hyde and Mr. Seek: Utterson's Antidote," Journal of Narrative Technique 17 (Spring 1987): 184.
- Irving S. Saposnik, Robert Louis Stevenson (Boston: Twayne, 1974), p. 88.
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"Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (2007, April 17) Retrieved June 20, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/dr-jekyll-and-mr-hyde-93984/
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