Duality In Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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explained. Sexuality was suppressed and this is why there is “sadistic behavior of men” (Campbell 310). Linehan also state “the absence of women form the plot as sex objects may be less of a clue to Hyde’s violent nature than their absence as love objects” (Linehan 205)/
In the novel, there is a clear absence of women. Scholars such as Vladimir Nabokov believe the “all-male pattern of the tale evokes notions of homosexual practices so common in London behind the Victorian veil” (Linehan 205). This evidence for this claim could be the absence of females. Jekyll, being an established bachelor in society, should have a love interest. Since he does not have one, many readers take this as him being homosexual.
So, how are the two, duality and sexuality, intertwined? Essentially, Jekyll and Hyde are one person. This is an allegory for humans having opposite sides to them. There is the side that everyone sees, and the said that his hidden in the shadows. The sexuality plays into the side that is hidden. Society deems sexuality as not to be discussed or open, whether it be heterosexuality or homosexuality. Both must be hidden. This is why there are references to men having sadist
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Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The two man are indeed one. Jekyll exploits Hyde to do his bidding, because Jekyll knows they will be able to get away with it. Jekyll has the will to power. This is evident because he is a doctor, and doctors hold knowledge that is not essential to pure survival. On the other side, Hyde has the will to survive. He will do what it takes to survive. Not only that, but he also has a powerful animal instinct, not caring about the consequences of his actions. There are also claims of sexuality in the novel, both heterosexual sadism and homosexuality. Some believe that Hyde is the heterosexual sadist, while others believe that Jekyll is homosexual. Either way, sexuality is intertwined with duality in this

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