The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde Essay

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To what extent has your comparative study of your two texts developed your understanding of shared ideas, despite differing contexts?
It is possible for texts set and written in completely different periods to share contextual ideas relating to the human experience. This understanding is drawn from a comparison of the two texts, Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film adaptation of the novel Psycho. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written in Victorian England it focuses on a professional middle class man who conducts a series of scientific experiments which unleash from his own psyche the dark Mr Hyde. Psycho hinges on an encounter between Marion Crane, a secretary, on the run after stealing money from her employer and Norman Bates the owner-manager of a seclude motel. Both Stevenson and Hitchcock play on people’s natural fear of the different or strange to capture the audience interest. These fears stem from society’s own values as well as our own feelings of normality. Norman, like Dr Jekyll had more to their personality then what meets the eye.
Each character experiences a duality of self where ultimately the dominant self will overcome completely. The shared concept in both texts is multiple personality disorder this understanding is supported by the texts being referred to as examples in psychology. In the final chapter of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dr Jekyll finally is…

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