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In what way does Robert Louis Stevenson explore the concept of duality in 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'? In the novella 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', Robert Louis Stevenson explores the concept of duality in a variety of ways. You can see duality in the both characters, the house and laboratory as the setting. You can also see duality in the authors own life as it was suggested that he, like Jekyll and Hide was leading a double life, respectable by day and debauches by night. He surely witnessed the double standards and hypocrisy of the middle-class. There was a variety of theories exploring duality during the Victorian Times. The dualities in the text reflect the doubleness of the Victorian times as there were Poor and the Rich, also the respectable and the criminal and lastly the moral and the debauched. In the Victorian Society, there were many examples of duality. There was wealth and poverty; this explores the difference between people lives in the Victorian society. We can see this by: 'The street shone out in contrast to its dingy neighbourhood' whereas 'the street was small and what is called quiet but it drove a thriving trade on the week-day'. This tells the reader the difference between the poor side and the rich side in Victorian times, this also tells the reader about the difference between the weekdays and the weekends. ...read more.


However the consequences of this leads to Dr Jekyll losing control of Mr Hyde and therefore Dr Jekyll has to kill himself at the end in order to stop Mr Hyde from gaining full control and undertaking dreadful action. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are the complete opposite of each other. Dr Jekyll is referred to as a 'A large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty' Whereas Mr Hyde is more of a 'Pale and dwarfish' This tells us that Dr Jekyll had more of a positive image whereas Mr Hyde had a negative image. We can also see that Mr Hyde was also described in a negative way by 'something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something downright detestable.. deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity' This tells us that Mr Hyde was described in a negative way as not many people were fond of him. He was also not respected as much as Dr Jekyll even though they are the same person. It also tells us that Dr Jekyll was the opposite of the short, stumpy and deformed as this was Mr Hyde. Another difference between them is that Dr Jekyll is more of a sincere, kind and friendly man whereas Mr Hyde was referred to Satan, we can see this by 'Every mark of capacity and kindness... ...read more.


Which was neither equipped with neither bell nor knocker, was blistered and distained. Tramps slouched into the recess and struck matches on the panels. The school boy had tried his knife on the mouldings.' This tells us that Mr Hyde had an unwelcoming house and because there was no window this gave a sense of secrecy or something to hide. Also the house seemed filthy and no one had respect towards the house as they damaged and vandalised the house. Therefore Stevenson Jekyll and Hyde separate sides of the house to show in contrast the duality of the two men and where they live although they are the same person. Robert Louis Stevenson explores the concept of duality in 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by their appearances and characteristics. He also shows the duality between them by giving them separate sides of the house. I think that the author does show the concept of duality In the novella by showing the difference between them even though they are the same person. He also shows it as in thee Victorian times there were two theories that were both hated and liked by the Victorians. The two theories were Charles Darwin's theory of evolution were men started as animals and the other theory is Sigmund Freud theory id and the ego were there are two sides of a person; the good and the bad. ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE English Literature Pre 1914 Prose Coursework Page 1 ...read more.

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