This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde English Essay

1494 words - 6 pages

In the following essay, I will be discussing a theme that runs like a silver thread through the novella, which is that of a repressed society during the Victorian era. In the novella, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson, the theme of a repressed society is evident in the character of Mr Hyde and it is clear that he represents the repression that Dr Jekyll experienced through his life. Through analyzing the text within the Victorian era, it will become clear that many Victorians were forced to act a certain way which led them to become less-human. During this time, splitting within males took place in order to afford a true representation of themselves (Cohen,183). In order to support this discussion, I will be making use of secondary sources and quotes from the text in order to strengthen my argument regarding this repressed society.
In order to discuss the repression that the Victorian society faced, we need to look at why there was a reason to repress one’s emotions and inner self. During the Victorian era, a good reputation was highly valued. Thus, having a career as a well-respected doctor or lawyer such as Utterson and Dr Jekyll had, meant that there was a certain standard that needed to be upheld and that citizens in these positions always had to put their best foot forward. This persona that was held by these citizens could have led to the repression of their true self, as in the case of Dr Jekyll (Stevenson, 81). This urge to keep up a good reputation is evident in the in which Utterson and Enfield avoid gossiping, because they believe it could ruin reputations (Stevenson, 10). This can also be seen later in the novella when Jekyll creates Hyde in order to prevent his own well-respected representation from being tarnished. Therefore, it can be said that the importance of one’s reputation goes hand in hand with repression during the Victorian era.
This standard that needed to be upheld in the Victorian society, clearly took a toll on Jekyll. He was born into a wealthy family and was thought to act like-wise. Therefore, he had to keep up with this ‘perfect persona’ for almost his entire life. However, Jekyll has repressed most of his true pleasures for all his life and when reflecting upon his life he comes to the realization that something is missing. Therefore, it is clear that Jekyll has had the desire inside of him to transgress from what he has been thought from a very young age. This desire has come from the way in which he led his life and the way he had to carry himself due to his profession. He gives into this desire and ceases to repress the evil side within him. Thus, the evil nature of society which the Victorians and himself wished to reject, he turned into a monster which would enable him to release his anger and frustrations upon the world.
As Cohen argues (188), Stevenson’s novella demonstrates an underlying critique of male subjectivity which they are forced to endure due to their...

Other Essays On Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - English - Essay

dr. jekyll and mr.hyde research paper - british lit - essay

453 words - 2 pages What perspective of human instinct does Stevenson exhibit in the novel The interesting instance of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? The interesting instance of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Question: What perspective of human instinct does Stevenson display in the novel "The interesting instance of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"? For the duration of Stevenson's life he encountered things by taking a gander at them in two alternate points of view. He later went

jekyll and hyde relevance to today - qpcs 10n - research paper

535 words - 3 pages Jekyll and hyde relevance to today Deep in the mountains of Southern California the sun's rays were hammering down upon the ground, and dried tumbleweed was rolling across the cracked pathway. Large droplets of salty sweat began to drip down the side of my face, I wiped my forehead with my old, damp handkerchief. As I walked down the pathway I immediately noticed Lennie's long, wide footprint and followed his scent like a bloodhound. As I

english literature essay dr faustus - english - essay

688 words - 3 pages for me was ‘In Your Defence’ by Sarah Langford, as it highlighted the personal effects the legal system has on different people and the individuality of each case, as everyone is affected by the law differently, depending on age, gender, race and many other factors. When attending a law taster day at the London School of Economics I particularly enjoyed listening to the advice and experiences of both law students and qualified lawyers, including

Analysis of the song Strange Fruit - music appreciation - Essay

651 words - 3 pages The song “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday is very simple and meaningful. Before it was a song, “Strange Fruit” was a poem written by a Jewish high school teacher from the Bronx by the name of Abel Meeropol. Strange Fruit was recorded in 1939, the same year as Gone With the Wind, a film that embodied contemporary condescension toward blacks and black performers. Billie Holiday's intent when first singing this was to expose the harsh truth of the

Dr. Faustus and the power of greed and pride - brit lit to 1603 - essay

1047 words - 5 pages Tyler Morrissette, Brit lit final paper, 12/04/18 Dr. Faustus and the uncontrollable power of greed and pride Many people believe that the main sin of doctor faustus is lust. They believe that his lust and sexual desires for women was so bad it's what got him to sign his soul to the devil. However, I am going to push back on that and say that marlow was not talking about lust but pride and greediness. More specifically humanities greedy nature

Strange Fruit and Invictus Poetry Analysis - Brighton Secondary/Stage II English - Analysis

1176 words - 5 pages circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud.” “Beyond this place of wrath and tears… Finds and shall find me unafraid.” In English, Invictus translates to unconquered, hence suiting the poem and its victorious theme accordingly. In Strange Fruit, Meeropol describes the devastation of the horrible acts of lynching that were being performed in the 20th century. However, he did not once mention that lynching was the main topic of the poem, but

Lord of the Flies Essay and Analysis - English - Essay

1072 words - 5 pages McLaughlin KatieAnn McLaughlin Mr. Labush English II Honors 21 November 2018 Fear as a Motivator In Lord of the Flies Human behavior is motivated by different emotions. These emotions can cause people to treat others a certain way. Fear can cause people to be cautious of unfamiliar surroundings and act out. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding, the boys on the island let fear motivate them to become savage and immoral. People allow fear to

Types of irrational and rational thinking essay - english 3 - essay

746 words - 3 pages Rationality Essay It has been proven that humans and monkeys have almost identical genetic makeup, so that leads to the question who is the most rational animal? Those who believe in evolution will still tell you man, if humans evolved from monkeys wouldn’t that make us smarter and more logical? If you look at it in that sense, monkeys were able to adapt themselves to their surroundings enough to become an entire different being. Before it can

Of Mice and Men "The Losers Club" Essay - English - Essay

1079 words - 5 pages emphasizing is their “American dream” where they would “have a little house” along with, “a couple of acres” and, “some animals.” (in this case the cows and pigs). This would signify that George is trying to save enough money for his life goal. However, none of the other protagonists featured in the story have no correlation to even having a future, where characters like Curley or Carlson would spend their days in town drinking and hanging out

Dr Faustaus essay on what is a true deal with the devil. - English - Essay

701 words - 3 pages Avery Lancaster English 12 Ms. Duren 16 November 2016 A Deadly Convenience In Christopher Marlow’s play Doctor Faustus, Faustus gives his soul to the devil in order to have God-like powers (Marlow). This is known as a “Faustian” bargain because while he did satisfy his immediate wants and needs, he comprises his long-term well-being when he gives his soul to the devil. Another example of a Faustian bargain is driving gas powered cars. Around 220

Pride and Prejudice:The Romantic Struggle of Elizabeth Bennet - english - essay

2041 words - 9 pages Poghosyan 1 Poghosyan, Vahe English 102 Due: April 16, 2018 Pride and Prejudice: The Romantic Struggle of Elizabeth Bennet A Disagreeable Character: Mr. William Collins Mr. William Collins was, in my opinion, was one the most disagreeable characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Even though he was a man of the clergy, he was weak in his confidence and docile as a man. Collins is accurately described by Elizabeth, as being “conceited

Similar Papers

Good Vs. Evil Basically The Text Is About The Religious Corrolation Between Robert Lewis Stevenson's "The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde" And How It Goes Along Along With Mankind

633 words - 3 pages citizens they could have such an urge to be as diabolical as to destroy thousands of lives with a single explosive while their neighbors seem to devote their lives to the service of others. The sides of man are there however invisible one side might be.With that in mind there is perhaps no greater interpretation of the struggle of the evil and goodness within ourselves than found in Robert Louis Stevenson's "The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Theme Essay Middle School Language Arts Essay

1022 words - 5 pages Duality: something we have created within our minds that restricts us from seeing a world where this division does not exist, or in other words a world of perfection. One story that utilizes this is the novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson entitled ​The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.​ This novella describes a well-respected member of society that has everything that a man could wish for, Dr. Jekyll, and an indecent and mysterious

Robert Louis Stevenson And The Book" Dr Jekyll And Mr. Hyde"

1902 words - 8 pages -destruction. He realizes that Hyde will not cease his continuous onslaught of crimes, and pays the ultimate price for the well being of his friends and community. While one may say that suicide is an act of selfishness, Jekyll s suicide must be looked upon as an honorable discharge from his life of woe. These two stories discuss the continuous battle between right and wrong which we encounter every day. he Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Life Of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" By Robert Louis Stevenson

862 words - 4 pages The focal point of this essay is to define the life of Dr. Henry Jekyll, and the transformation he went through in becoming Edward Hyde. Dr. Henry Jekyll is a physician in London. He is very well respected and is currently experimenting the dual nature of man kind. Edward Hyde is a manifestation of Dr. Jekyll's personality. He is accused of committing evil acts throughout the novel.The first scene consists of Mr. Richard Enfield's and Mr