Analysis Of ' Macbeth ' By William Louis Stevenson 's ' Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde '

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Shakespeare’s play, ‘Macbeth’ (written in 1606) and Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ (written in 1886) both revolve around the theme, ‘Duality’. This is the quality or state of having two parts, a dichotomy and in this case two personalities. This is shown throughout Macbeth but is uncovered in the final chapter of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Many factors contribute to why both Shakespeare and R. L. Stevenson had their play and novella based on duality and the period of time it was set in, contributes most to this. ‘Macbeth’ was set in the Jacobean era (1567 – 1625) whereas ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ was set in the Victorian era (1837 – 1901). Coincidently, Macbeth was written in England but based in Scotland, whereas, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was written in Scotland but based in England. This is a contrast in setting. During both these time periods, appearance, superstitions and science became popular and relevant to human life.
Duality is presented through objects such as doors in Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This idea is illuminated in Jekyll and Hyde when Stevenson talks about doors in chapter 1 of his novella. There were ‘two doors from one corner’. This makes the reader think of a sinister, gothic house, which has different entrances, a bit like a maze. A maze can represent being lost, in this case mentally for Dr.Jekyll. The ‘two doors’ can represent two people, as it makes the reader think that the two people are very close to each…

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