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How does the character of Dr. Jekyll reflect the duplicity of Victorian society?

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HOW DOES THE CHARACTER OF DR. JEKYLL REFLECT THE DUPLICITY OF VICTORIAN SOCIETY? The Victorians pictured a gentleman to be well spoken, smartly dressed, courteous and naturally of the upper class. Many so-called gentlemen were actually pretending to be superior and restrained. Gentleman must also have been law -abiding, which meant that they would have to be above the law and avoid scandal. Underneath, behind closed doors, many were very different and indulged in things that they would normally not do in front of others and in the knowledge of others, hence the duality, or two-faces, of Victorian society. ...read more.

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He was born in 18 to a large fortune, and was respected by wise men from the start. His house was an ancient, handsome and large one with a warm, cottage like feel to it. It has a large, low- roofed comfortable hall as you walk in, with a well-dressed, old servant welcoming you in. There are costly oak cabinets furnishing the place, giving that cottage feel to it again. Jekyll had few friends. ...read more.

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Jekyll creates him so that he can do things that he would not normally do, and not realy get caught, as the next day he will once again be Jekyll. Jekyll keeps this up for some time, though after a while, he realises what he is doing, and feels bad about it all. He decides to do the gentlemanly thing and tells the story of Hyde and why he did it. This story shows the duplicity, or two faces, of Victorian society, and what people really get up to behind closed doors. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chris Scott 11ii ...read more.

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