Theme Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde And Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Decisions are constantly being made through conscious and unconscious evaluation. As stated by Freud’s psychodynamics’ theory, one’s mind is made up of the law abiding superego, the pleasure driven id, and the ego that mediates between the two. It is clear that one’s decisions are always being influenced by external factors. This idea is portrayed in both Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked this Way Comes. The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde follows a lawyer as he attempts to uncover the mystery of his friend Dr. Jekyll and his connection to the id-driven Mr. Hyde. Something Wicked this Way Comes is about three characters named Jim Nightshade, Will Halloway and his father, Charles Halloway,…show more content…
Mr. Hyde’s only thoughts are to fulfill Dr. Jekyll’s id thus, he embodies his aggressive and sexual desires. Mr. Hyde gains enormous pleasure from harming people because Mr. Hyde’s decisions to brutalize people satisfy the id’s aggressive nature. In Something Wicked this Way Comes, Charles Halloway’s description of autumn people portrays the interdependence between the mind’s superego and the id. He says, “‘Such are the autumn people. Beware of them.’ After a pause, both boys exhaled at once. […] ‘Then’ Will swallowed – ‘does that make us…summer people?’ ‘Not quite. Most of us are half-and-half. […] there are times when we're all autumn people,’” (Bradbury 106). This quote is an analogy of the superego and the id that makes up the psyche of every person. Mr. Halloway explains to the boys that they should beware autumn people, who are people that act largely on the id’s impulsive nature. He also states that most people are half and half which demonstrates Freud’s psychodynamic theory which states that the mind must be made up of the id, ego and superego. By saying this, Mr. Halloway meant that all people make decisions by considering both their id and superego. Nonetheless, he also states that at times all people are autumn people which shows that based on one’s emotions, the ego may agree with the id’s instincts. Judy Cornes analyzes and explains the effects of Dr. Jekyll’s experiment pertaining to his unconscious mind. She says, “If Jekyll is not particularly
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