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The Use of Contrast in "The Lady of Shalott" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

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Didi. Oi Yin. Yung Dr. Linda Wong English 1160 22 May 2005 The Use of Contrast in "The Lady of Shalott" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" I. Introduction Compare the two pieces of writing, there are nearly nothing in common. The former "The Lady of Shalott", is a poem about the conflict between art and life, also the searching for freedom and release. The latter "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", is a novella on the theme of human dual nature, good and evil. "The Lady of Shalott" is a fantastic fairy-tale, while "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is a gothic mystery story. Though they seem contradictory, but the uses of contrast in both writings have successfully achieved to create the atmosphere, highlight the character and set the theme. II. Contrast in Setting Body is a refuge of soul, where as our house is a resting place for our body, therefore living place is a projection of our soul. Both "The Lady of Shalott" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" have presented a sharp difference between in habitats of the protagonists between others, in order to show the psychological distinction. The most significant feature in poem "The Lady of Shalott" was the use of colours in setting background. ...read more.


Conversely, Sir Lancelot is a bright solid man: he is "A red-cross knight for ever kneel'd", who "sparkled on the yellow field". Many colours are used in Part 3 for the appearance of Lancelot that stands opposed to the shadow-image of Shalott. (Her name seems also compound of shadow-Lancelot/ Camelot). To explain the relationship between Shalott and Lancelot, they are the moon and the sun. In " Symbolism in Tennyson's Minor Poems", by Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, would give a good start to my stance: "The Lady of Shalott is an artist, weaving beautiful pictures which are supposed to reproduce real life but which are derived entirely at the second hand through the mirror. At the beginning of the poem she is perfectly happy with her artificial, lifeless creation..." The Lady of Shalott functioned like a moon, which reflects the light from the sun (real world). Of course, the moon would have no question to her job; this is also for her own good. (The sun is too hot for the moon to get close) Sadly, Her consciousness awaken as she saw the two lovers in the mirror: "When she catches the first glimpse of real emotion, even in the mirror (the young lovers) ...read more.


Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" are nothing similar to each other, but they both show a good use of contrast in constructing the theme. IV Conclusion To conclude, the use of contrast in the two "The Lady of Shalott" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" has obtained to create the atmosphere, highlight the character and set the theme. Colour contrast is mainly used in setting, showing the solitude of Lady of Shallot, who is struggling between her creative art and free life, where as, extreme opposite contrast in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is intensively used to deceit reader on the surface, presenting the fact that our inner part "those provinces of good and ill which divide and compound man's nature is an entirety which is inseparable. Cited Works Critical essays on the poetry of Tennyson, London: Routledge & Paul, 1960 Symbolism in Tennyson's Minor Poems, by Elizabeth Hillman Waterston, 1948 Alfred, Lord Tennyson / edited with an introduction by Harold Bloom. Broomall, PA : Chelsea House Publishers, 1999. F.E.L Priestly, Language and Structure in Tennyson's Poetry, London: Andre Deutsch, 1973. 47-49, 51-52 Christopher Ricks, Tennyson: New York: Macmillan, 1972. 79-82 Robert Louis Stevenson, the critical heritage / edited by Paul Maixner, London ; Boston : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981. An unsigned Review, Secret Sin, ' Rock', 1886. Cain's Heresy: Binary Ideology and Hypocrisy in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde/By: Aaron Allen, 2004 ...read more.

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