What Is The Dual Nature In The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

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Hidden behind the dainty powder and paint of the bureaucrats, concealed away in the revived Gothic architecture and drowned out by the blaring brass bands were the mentally vulnerable citizens of the Victorian Era. The mentally ill had few options for treatment and were either forced to attempt to conform to society’s unreachable principles, or placed in underprivileged asylums. The cognizance of mentally ill patients, particularly dissociative identity disorder, was misunderstood, mistreated, and inquired brief conversation amongst Victorian physicians. Robert Louis Stevenson started the discussion of dissociative identity disorder with his ground-breaking novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Steven’s novel signifies a medical …show more content…
However in 1886, Stevenson was far beyond his years in his depiction of man’s dual nature in his story of Jekyll and Hyde. The medical condition that Stevenson unknowingly wrote about is known as dissociation identity disorder. Disassociation is the principal attribute of people who suffer identity disorder – “which is more commonly known as multiple personality disorder or split personality disorder.” (U.S Census). Robert Stevenson initially over embellishes on the idea of split personality disorder; creating a dual nature that represents only a good and evil. However in truth, identity disorder is far from a black and white concept that can be categorized into such restricted limits.
Furthermore, these limited parameters that Jekyll was forced to live in established during the era of Victorian London. The Victorian Era embodies the industrial and modernization of England and its bolstering middle class. However, with these rapid modifications in industry, along came a social reform demanding the citizens of England to follow under strict guidelines. During the Era, the collective view was that those who suffered mental health diseases suffered because they had a “disease of the
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Professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, MD, Gary Sachs states, “The average dissociative patient will be depressed more often than manic; however, not all patients who are diagnosed with some sort of mental disassociation are affected with such vast changes in personality” (Dissociative Identity Disorder). In the case of Jekyll the personality changes were extreme, yet often in reality the changes are incognito and only are discovered until the disease progresses out of control. From the concluding chapter, it can be inferred that Jekyll has been struggling with his dual nature for years, and that his use of this mysterious serum was his last

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