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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published in 1886 as a 'shilling shocker'
novella written by the young novelist Robert Louis Stevenson. At that
time there was a surfeit of cheap horror novellas. Stevenson's novella
was different because it explored the evil inside human kind. I will
look into Victorian attitudes and how these influenced Victorian life.

The cultural and historical context of the text is typical of the
author but not his time because there was a contradiction between
Science and religion and this novella scared people about
possibilities of evil. Victorian values at this time were very strict
and those people who broke them were looked down on in the social
order. Jekyll was the perfect upright Victorian man, he was tall, well
mannered, rich and had earned his place in society. Hyde on the other
hand was short, ugly and evil. Because Jekyll is so good he needs
something to take his mind off his "9 tenths life of relentless
struggling and grinding". He created Hyde to do just that, to take his
mind off and be evil and careless whe...

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... 'Will Hyde die on the scaffold? Or will he find the courage to
release himself at the last moment? God knows; I am careless; this is
my true hour of death, and then as I lay down my en, and proceed to
seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll
to an end.

Her Henry Jekyll has ended his own life rather than see himself turn
completely into Hyde. This novella has two morals; one is not to mess
about with your body and not to indulge too heavily in anything
because it turns out bad like the life of Henry Jekyll.

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