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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson who was author of the book (The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) was born in Edinburgh 1850, he had a strong Christian upbringing this is a reflection in the book when religion is often used to describe certain things, for example pg 22 "A great chocolate-coloured pall lowered over heaven". His father also was very forceful on him; he in turn rebelled against his father. This can be compared to Hyde rebelling against Jekyll, at one point in the book Dr Jekyll abstains from Hyde for two months, in turn Hyde goes crazy and murders Carew e.g. pg60 "My devil had long been caged, he came out roaring" The use of roaring is like Hyde being compared to a wild animal, Hyde being seen as a more savage uncivilised being. The use of "devil" has religious connotations as well, which can be linked to his religious upbringing. ...read more.


somewhere, he gives a strong feeling of deformity" as for Jekyll was more healthy and not so repulsive and had more handsome figure pg18 " a large, well made, smooth faced man of fifty, with something of a stylish cast perhaps". In the book Stevenson often plays on duality, as a boy he was fascinated by Deacon Brodie who was respected cabinet maker by day but a robber by night. Stevenson also uses destinations to reflect dualities, as a young man he studied engineering as a respected son in the new town of Edinburgh however in the old town at night he would be off to the brothels, this split life is definitely mirrored in the book, Jekyll a respectable Dr by day, but disgraceful Hyde by night. As for places reflecting good and evil often in a dogmatic sense for example Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde's house a spilt personality of its self just like Jekyll and Hyde themselves. ...read more.


Perhaps a child prostitute? "but it was hellish to see". When Hyde does this he in effect is blackmailed by Enfield, reflecting the prevalence not just of blackmail but the corrupt side of the lives of the middle classes in that Hyde is causally blackmailed without protest. In the Victorian era often upper class men were blackmailed by working class gangs when caught with a prostitute, they did this to keep their polite civilised reputation, this is reflected by Hyde's blackmail by Enfield "No gentleman but wishes to avoid a scene" and "Black mail I suppose; an honest man paying through the nose for some of the capers of his youth. Black house is what I call that place with the door." There is no solid proof of these matters in the book because Stevenson would be afraid to lose his reputation due to the nature of the topic but Stevenson touches on them subtly pg6 "so that the shop fronts stood along that thoroughfare with an air of invitation, like rows of smiling sales women". This subject plays on dualities, reputable men by day and secretly in the brothels by night. ...read more.

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