The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novel that was written by author Robert Louis Stevenson and was published in the year 1886. Its story primarily centered on the investigation of the British lawyer Gabriel John Utterson on his friend Dr. Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. Notably, the novel falls into the genre of Horror, Gothic, Thriller, Mystery, and Drama. The central themes and the underlying events that composed the novel clearly fit the taste of the 19th century public. As was discussed in the previous section, the audiences and readers in the 1800’s hungers for bloodshed, crime, deceits, and mass murders, and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is no different from the stories of Charles Dickens and the featured real- life tragedies on the broadsides and pamphlets.
The success of “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Jekyll and Hyde is due to its psychological effects brought upon their main characters, due to their doppelganger. The Yellow Wallpaper and Jekyll and Hyde are two different short stories that were both written during the 19th century, which both have a similar style in which they convey a message relating to the norms during that era. The comparison between the main characters and their doppelgangers are raised by creating conflict between the two characters. The woman in the wallpaper from The Yellow Wallpaper and Hyde from Jekyll and Hyde have a psychological effect on the main characters particularly by creating havoc and aid, but affecting them in a different way. Charlotte Perkins
In 2010, Laurence and Rankin published articles that contain similarities. Laurence (2010) covered Jekyll’s desire to do drugs and homosexuality. Jekyll lost control over his evil side because he could not resist the need for higher dosages of drugs. Rankin (2010) went into the details of the time period and what factors contributed to Robert Stevenson’s interest of the dual nature of humans. Padnick (2012) inspect a side that many overlooks, Hyde is Jekyll.
Doubles in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde In the novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson explores the notion of seemingly Manichaean doubles, Jekyll and Hyde. Under the influence of a drug, Dr Jekyll acquires the ability to transform into a second, albeit more bestial and primal self, Hyde. Initially it seems that the relationship between the two separate identities is symbiotic and a balancing act of sorts, with Jekyll as the veneer of respectability and gentility, and Hyde as the means by which he fulfils his socially unacceptable, and thus, clandestine pleasures. However, with Hyde gaining more power and the conclusion of the novel with Jekyll’s suicide; probably in order to avoid a full and permanent transformation into Hyde, it becomes obvious that the two identities cannot remain isolated and are deeply intertwined.
During the course of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stephenson duality is the central theme, as all the actions that take place revolve around it. The duality that takes place is the 2 sided nature that exist in all humans and the desire to live 2 lives: a life that is burdened onto people by society and are expected to live, and life in which humans desire to fulfill their darker desires. Jekyll and Hyde show sharp contrast of human nature as the qualities of good and evil. Duality is revealed in Jekyll and Hyde through the use 2 separate, opposite aspects of human nature that exist as one character. Dr. Jekyll can be viewed as a good natured, respectable, and upstanding man in the narrative.
Scientific experiments can have little significance. Others can change lives. In Daniel Keyes’ 1966 novel Flowers for Algernon, Charlie Gordon partakes in an experiment designed to increase his intelligence. However, the experiment ends up failing. In Robert Louis Stevenson’s
The Victorian Doppelgänger in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novella set in during the nineteenth century, in Victorian England. At the time, repression was the leading factor that caused individuals to feel the need to maintain an unrealistic image of perfection. In this Novella, Dr. Jekyll is presented as a higher class, respected member of the Victorian society who has a doppelganger, Hyde. It is stated that Victorian’s from the upper class performed “unaccepted behaviors”, such as Dr. Jekyll. Through the use of the literary device of the “doppelgänger”, Stevenson explores the them of duality that exists in Victorian society as a result
In Robert Stevenson’s book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde duality is a reoccurring theme. Stevenson shows his duality through the plot, setting, and character’s dialogue throughout the novel. William Shakespeare shares the theme of duality in his play Romeo and Juliet. The duality of society and the duality of good and evil are a couple of the dualities revealed. Robert Stevenson’s
Duality is the ghost of man. It haunts man in unperceivable matters such as the right and left brain (Melina par 1). Although duality may not make complete monsters out of humans, as seen in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, which is the first science fiction work (Stableford par 7), it can still summon unimaginable evils from within us all. This is especially seen in the Gothic and fictitious novella known as Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” This book contrasts his previous works such as Treasure Island, an adventure tale (Robert Louis Stevenson par 9); however, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is also an adventure tale in its own right.
“The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” is a Victorian Gothic novel that was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in the late 19th century. The contrast between the mild-mannered Jekyll and the barbaric Hyde allows Stevenson to portray Hyde as a frightening outsider whilst establishing the recurring themes of corruption and horror which are explored through the ideas of vulnerability and blackmail. Throughout the novel Hyde is predominantly presented as animalistic. Highly descriptive vocabulary such as ‘snarled’, ‘hissing’ and ‘troglodytic’ establishes a predatorial tone due to its connotations of danger and fright, suggesting serpent like behaviour.