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"In "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" and in "The Fifth Child" an outsider is progressively released into an existing society destroying peace and goodness as it comes"

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"In "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" and in "The Fifth Child" an outsider is progressively released into an existing society destroying peace and goodness as it comes" In "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson the outsider is Mr Hyde. Dr Jekyll is a very clever person who does not like having to be a good, respectable member of society and trying to live up to his reputation all the time. After living his life like this for a while and becoming ever more frustrated by living like this he uses his knowledge of drugs and medicine and Mr Hyde is born as the evil side of Jekylls personality. In "The Fifth Child" by Doris Lessing the outsider is a boy called Ben the fifth of five children from a couple called David and Harriet. David and Harriet wanted a happy family life with many children and a big house. This dream world was going fine until the outsider Ben is introduced. This essay is going to look at the similarities and differences between the two books and the two outsiders. The reader from the first time they are met views both Ben and Hyde as outsiders. ...read more.

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Stevenson then goes on to say the house "showed no windows, nothing but a door on a lower story" and "the door which was equipped with neither bell nor knocker, was blistered and distained" all of this is not actually just describing the house but Hyde as well. It says Hyde is a dark anti-social man that does not like visitors and does not generally fit in. In "The Fifth Child" there is also an object like Mr Hyde's door used to describe, but this time peoples feelings and what is going on. This is the big table; it is used to show the state of the family and relationships. The table near the beginning of the book before Ben is born is full of people at Christmas who are all happy and Christmassy but when Ben is born less and less people come around until at the end of the book the table is totally empty apart from Harriet. Harriet is imagining what it used to be like before Ben was born with many people all enjoying themselves and how much better it would have been without him. Mr Hyde and Ben are both violent people. ...read more.

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Also in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde there are few women and the ones we do hear about are servants or maids but in the Fifth Child there are many women and one of the most important people in the book, Harriet, is a woman. We also do not hear many people called by their first names in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde but in the Fifth Child last names are seldom used. The title of this essay I agree with most of except for the part that says, "progressively released". This part of the statement is true for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, as Mr Hyde is only really understood at the end of the book "he is not easy to describe". In the Fifth Child Ben is thrown into the middle of everything suddenly and can even be different before he was bourn "David felt a jolt under his hand". The second part of this statement "destroying peace and goodness as it comes" I totally agree with. In Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Hyde causes Jekyll so much pain that eventually he commits suicide. In the Fifth Child Ben scares Harriet and David off having any more children and breaks the family apart by making some of Harriet's other children go to boarding school and by making them go and live with relatives. James Stephens T10 ...read more.

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