Jekyll and Hyde
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
•representative of the worries and issues that were going on in the late
•split personality: Jekyll is caught between two extremes of the person
•there is a relationship between good and evil. Both are always present.
•some critics give the novella a psychological reading (all of us has
•Jekyll's desires are so strong that he must divorce them from himself
•The novella shows the hypocrisy of the age. Forced people to split in two.
• The Victorian period is focused on social hypocrisy
• In the novella, the DANGERS of this hypocrisy are seen
• What are his desires? Some say that Hyde represents addiction. Others
read Hyde as the most monstrous of monstrous desires
• Hyde represents the ugly under belly of the Victorian society.
•According to Dr. Rukavina, this is a novel inhabited by bachelors.
•Narrator: Utterson has things to hide. He is addicted to alcohol
•Lanyon is aware that Hyde and Jekyll are one in the same
• Jekyll hides Hyde (see what she did there? Hide Hyde?)
• The desires are so horrific to Jekyll that it leads to a split.
• Novella=one of the early works of Detective Fiction
• Novella=sort of a prototype mystery
• This novel touches the zeitgeist of the period
• The fear associated with la fin de siècle is what is related to the story
•Jekyll= I kill? Isn't that a bit of a stretch? French+English = split? I don't
Jekyll and Hyde discussion questions
• For my group=1,2
• Question 1 responses:
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