Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Essay

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The Victorian era is a time of promise and change under Queen Victoria’s rule. During this time of change, there were numerous advancements in both science and social aspects. When Robert Louis Stevenson published Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Victorians saw a glimpse of these advancements and behaviors. Dr. Jekyll, a promising doctor, believes he is making medical strides and therefore, improving the world with his medicine. However, the deeper readers get into the story, they begin to see that Dr. Jekyll is tormented by his discovery and the “assistant” that helps him discover it. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde sparks a psychological revolution while exposing a remarkable illumination of Dissociative Identity Disorder-a mental aliment that stems from Dr. Jekyll’s years of repressing his dark desires. The more Dr. Jekyll tries to free himself, the more dissociated he becomes, allowing Mr. Hyde to control his life and his subconscious.
The Victorian era can be described as refined and superficial, hiding secrets in the dead of the night “behind the high walls of the mansions” and through backdoors (Singh 221). This visual leaves many to wonder, what evil lies behind pretense of civility (Singh 221). In Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the doctor fits accordingly into Victorian society. Described as "Henry Jekyll, M.D., D.C.L., L.L.D., F.R.S (Stevenson 11), he is a respected, self-sacrificing,…

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