Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Both Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein tell cautionary tales of scientists abusing their creative powers to exist in another sphere where they cannot be directly blamed for their actions. Though Frankenstein's creation is a "Creature" distinct from his creator while Dr. Jekyll metamorphoses into Mr. Hyde, the "double" of each protagonist progressively grows more violent throughout his story. By doing so he symbolizes his creator's repressed desires in a stifling society. The stories have parallel structures in the three main ways. First, both Dr. Jekyll and Frankenstein are scientists who, though welcomed by…show more content…
Jekyll's associations with demonic and insane imagery contrasts with the well-polished society from which he struggles to extricate himself. His self-imposed isolation is the least harmful manner he uses to show his displeasure with society. Frankenstein similarly isolates himself. Under the guise of protecting his friends and fiancée from the Creature that stalks him, the scientist decides to leave England instead of marrying: "My journey had been my own suggestion, and Elizabeth, therefore, acquiesced; but she was filled with disquiet at the idea of my suffering, away from her, the inroads of misery and grief" (149). However, Frankenstein cannot muster the same emotion: "I remembered only, and it was with a bitter anguish that I reflected on it, to order that my chemical instruments should be packed to go with me" (149). Frankenstein also has a penchant for working alone; like Dr. Jekyll, he is emotionally detached from a society that expects him to fulfill various obligations, and he accordingly responds with physical detachment. Both Hyde and the Creature choose children for their first victims. According to an eyewitness, Hyde "trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on the ground...He was perfectly cool and made no resistance, but gave me one look, so ugly that it brought out the sweat on
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