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

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During the Victorian Era, patriarchy was the central idea towards the roles of genders in that society. Men had complete and total dominance of women, and the women just had to sit back and accept it. During this age is when The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was written by Robert Lewis Stevenson, and its thoughts towards men and women make it obvious by having the women be passive and the men have the dominating roles. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde reflects the patriarchy of the late Victorian Era, specifically that of men of the upper-middle class. The novella essentially only has male characters who have a lot of money and no spouse or children in their lives, so they spend their time working, coming home and socializing with other men of the same socioeconomic class. This concept is even mentioned in the novella by having Utterson think “it is the mark of a modest man to accept his friendly circle ready-made from the hands of opportunity; and that was the lawyer 's way. His friends were those of his own blood or those whom he had known the longest” (Stevenson 3). With this lifestyle, there is an emphasis on having a good, clean appearance towards others in the public eye. For example, Enfield, while talking to Utterson, is wary of telling his story of the door because he considers it as gossip, and gossip destroyed people’s reputations during that time period. Another example of the emphasis on keeping one’s public image clean is when Utterson…

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