The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson

1391 Words Oct 9th, 2016 6 Pages
As a rebellious and confused twelve year old, it was always tempting to disobey my parents as they continued to restrict me in an attempt prolong my change into a teenager. The more rules that were created to hold me back, the more I would aim to break free. I purposefully broke the rules that bound me. No human wants to feel restricted, regardless of age. An environment that is too suppressive, demanding, and judgmental, constantly aimed towards perfection, can make any well behaved person feel uncomfortable, trapped, and terrified of free expression. This was precisely the type of society that was created by the English government during the Victorian Era. The representative government of this ‘perfect society’, as well as the negative impacts it had on the citizens, is portrayed in the book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Due to the restrictiveness, judgmental, and demanding English Victorian society, our lesser side seemingly appears as an escape from the inability to truly express ourselves.
In order to analyze the importance of the English society during the Victorian era and its impact on the citizens, one must consider why Dr. Jekyll created Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll describes Hyde as “a solution of the bonds of obligation, an unknown but not an innocent freedom of the soul” (1810, l 27-28). This quote suggests that due to Dr. Jekyll’s profession and obligations from society, he was aiming to create an escape. Fully aware of the…

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