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An Analysis of Persons Identity in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and Making the Match: Human Traces, Forensic Experts and the Public Imagination by Anne Joseph and Alison Winters
Word Count: 629
Word Count: 629
Signatures From Handwritten to Genetic Throughout history contributing factors to a persons identity have changed dramatically In an attempt to demonstrate this change both Robert Louis Stevensons The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Anne Joseph and Alison Winters Making the Match Human Traces Forensic Experts and the Public Imagination can be used Throughout the eighteen eighties the setting of Jekyll and Hyde the primary method of identifying people was non-scientifically people were identified by their personality social status and physical characteristics As the world has progressed to the technological age we now live in a persons identification extends further their fingerprints their online screen name- because as Joseph and Winter explain minuscule residues of peripheral human productions are supposed to contain the essence of an individuals identity 193 During the time in which Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is set some of the first trials in identifying people by methods other than their persona and facial appearance were taking place Before then and still then by most of society identification was solely referring to physical characteristics - explaining why Jekyll could realize he had changed to Hyde by the change in his hand and the formation of his face these were identification methods of the time The nineteenth century also marks the birth of the idea that there is something unique and essential about single individualsthey are constantly shedding clues that can be linked to them and their actions alone Joseph and Winter 194 An example of this progression is this during the eighteenth century the handwritten signature was the only existing kind and now signatures can be found in a fingerprint or a genetic DNA structure In the modern world the setting of Joseph and Winters piece physical appearance can no longer be depended on as the sole identification method plastic surgery and tummy tucks are the order of the day and people can change their appearances virtually overnight Now
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