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According to Sigmund Freuds psychoanalysis the individual does actually carry on a double existence one designed to serve his own purposes and another as a link in a chain in which he serves against or at any rate without any volition of his own The double by any mean is a splitting of the ego the division of the mind in which involves the good and the evil sides of the self The two stories The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson portrays closely Freuds concept of the double when both main characters Dorian Gray and Henry Jekyll experience the psychic splitting of their mind as they try to explore their darker sides Even though both stories depict the concept of the double effectively it is The Picture of Dorian Gray that more successfully constructs the ideas of ego supernatural dimension and enigma that brought terror to the presence of the double While Dr Jekylls double is a literal figure which lacks a fascinating impression Dorian Grays is more figurative and psychological that results in a realistic and substantial sense of duality in humanAlthough both main characters come from high social classes they struggle in many different ways While both Jekyll and Dorian try to explore their dark sides and aim for hedonism Jekyll appears to have an identity crisis when Dorian does not For example Dr Jekyll narratively expresses I knew myself at the first breath of this new life to be more wicked tenfold more wicked sold a slave to my original evil and the thought in that moment braced and delighted me like wine Stevenson 54 He feels the strong connection between him and Mr Hyde this too was myself and that Edward Hyde was pure evil 55 In fact Dr Jekyll identifies more strongly with his double as Miyoshi also states that there are no longer
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