scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 2,043
The Gothic theory of the double is both reductive and powerful It assumes that we are all playing a role in life that a raving beast waits within for the chains to loosen or snap Doubles stories seem to proliferate when people sense an unnegotiable divide between the true self and society between nature and culture Edmunson 48 Such duality of roles is expressed in terms of split personalities in both The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James 1843-1916 and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 1850-1894 In these fictional works the characters are unable to cope with the split Stevenson seeks to reproduce the double by way of splitting a personality between accepted roles In this case the roles are split between appropriate and inappropriate masculine behavior and are issustrated through the characterizations of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Jekyll is an apparently respectable man contends Calder ii who contains within him a potential for profound wickedness released in the shape of Mr Hyde According to Calder ii AJ Symonds a friend of Robert Stevenson and many others found this chilling to contemplate The society of men is Stevensons main focus and is evident in the number of ways in which he presents Hyde in terms of society If Jekyll and Hyde is characterized in Gothic fictions exaggerated tones of late-Victorian anxieties concerning deterioration of social status and the idea of criminal man it invariably situates those concerns in relation to the practices and discourses of lawyers like Gabriel Utterson doctors like Henry Jekyll and Hastie Lanyon or even well-known men about town like Richard Enfield The novel in fact asks us to do more than simply register the all-too-apparent marks of Edward Hydes degeneracy It also compels us also to examine how those marks come to signify in the first place To make his point Stevenson creates a monster that is both the
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA