Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Essay

1224 Words Nov 17th, 2015 5 Pages
The dualistic nature that humans have contradicts Victorian morals. “Freud in Civilization and its Discontents” backs up how Victorian society just can not work correctly. In The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Dr Jekyll is two different people in the perspective of society. Also, In the text “Sigmund Freud’s Mission”, Erich Fromm explains how different people act differently based on their society they live in. All of these texts have a major role of Dr. Jekyll and the effect of Victorian society. Through Jekyll’s transformations Stevenson suggests Victorian society’s standards of being a gentleman will not work because humans have a dualistic aggressiveness nature that cannot completely repress the emotions of the id. The Victorian society people lived in affected the way they think, act, and do different things. As an individual no one wants to get cast out by others. According to Fromm “The individual in any given society represses the awareness of those feelings and fantasies which are incompatible with the thought patterns of his society”. According to Victorian society, people are supposed to be perfect and be able to repress all the feelings of the id, and Fromm is writing that this is feasible because an individual do not want to be an outcast. Fromm also says, “The force effecting this repression is the fear of being isolated and of becoming an outcast through having thoughts and feelings which nobody would share.” He says no one…

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