Profound Duplicity Exhibited by Jekyll as a Reflection of the Victorian Way of Life

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Profound Duplicity Exhibited by Jekyll as a Reflection of the Victorian Way of Life The Victorian society was filled with many divisions. It consisted of two extremes, the very wealthy and intense poverty. It was these divisions that contributed to the causes behind the life of Henry Jekyll to be split between the two. However, there are many other reasons as to why Jekyll wanted the best of both worlds. Within the Victorian period, there were many successes, including inventions such as the first public railway link between the coal mines of Darlington and the port of Stockton; this was built by an engineer named George Stevenson. Also was the improvements in people's health, this was due to progresses with clean water and better drains. Victorian scientists, for example, Michael Faraday, also made discoveries such as various inventions including the telegraph, the telephone and the electric light. In addition to this the British Empire had grown like never before. At this point the Victorians were in a time of sanguinity and fulfilment. However in the country's capital, London, not everywhere was quite like this. The city was divided in to two, the rich and the poor. Regents Park was filled with respectable and hard working people. Conversely a few streets down backing on to Regents Park, was Soho, a place of squalor and deprivation, yet the wealthy were not going to make any changes, they liked the way it was and saw no need for the situation to change. Religion was an important aspect of Victorian life, and acted as a form of control of retaining the status quo. It was religion that kept the two divisions standing. The poor we... ... middle of paper ... ... search the rooms of the house, this showing another side to her personality. Duplicity was not only shown through the characters, or in the divide of the cities, but also within Jekyll's house itself. Jekyll's house was situated in Regents Park and from the front looked respectable, with a tidy interior and a typical example of how people should be living, but attached to the back of the house was the laboratory. This was the complete opposite of the House Jekyll lived in, and was where Hyde use to come and go. This part of the house helps show the differences in Jekyll and Hyde and again the idea of duplicity. Although Henry Jekyll was not the only character to show duplicity, he was the main focus; the novel shows the readers a contrast between Jekyll and Hyde, and lets us see how, in the end, evil wins through.

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