The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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Split Reality
Writers of the Victorian age took an interest in psychology, particularly regarding the dual nature most people exercise. Sometimes Victorian writers use their stories of self-discovery and individuality to provoke new views of social norms. Three authors stick out as the pioneers of dualism: Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde and Charlotte Brontë. Stevenson wrote a story to tell his audience that having a secondary life strictly for pleasure can destroy both of your lives. Wilde disagreed with Stevenson and believed that the second persona can be safe, and not affect anyone else. Brontë used her story to shed light on the secret desires of women by producing characters with dual identities. These dual identity characters consisted of a personality embodying how women want to act, and the other one represented how women were expected to act. In principle, all of these authors agreed on the basic concepts of dualism, however, they all had separate ideas of their effects.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, depicts the constant struggle between virtue and desire with a man by the name of Dr. Jekyll, and his counterpart, Mr. Hyde. The story of these two sides of the same coin shed light on the internal battle between right and wrong. While Dr. Jekyll represents the acceptable, lighter side of humanity, Hyde portrays the selfish side with no concern for any consequence of his actions. Dr. Jekyll is the crème of the crop
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