Analysis of Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin Essay
The book Mary Reilly is the sequel to the famous The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a stark, ingeniously woven, engaging novel. That tells the disturbing tale of the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, his is preoccupied with the problems of good and evil and with the possibility of separating them into two distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts all the latent evil in his nature. He also creates an antidote that will restore him into his respectable existence as Dr. Jekyll. Gradually, …show more content…
Despite the books' many similarities, there is also a presence of differences, especially in the areas of writing style, the narrator's point of view, and the significance of certain characters. The writing style of Stevenson in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of extreme articulation, and elaborence, and is more difficult to interpret, one, because of the time he was writing in, and two, because it uses very complex words. The writing style of Valerie Martin in Mary Reilly is a complete contrast from Stevenson's style. Martin's writing, while articulate, is much easier to interpret. Martin does not use the kinds of difficult sentence structures and complex words that Stevenson used, furthermore, it is more subtle. Another major difference between Martin and Stevenson's books is the point of view of the narrator. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the story is told through two different views at different times. In the beginning the story is told through the eyes of someone looking down into the story. But as time progresses the character Mr. Enfield takes over, this narrative switch takes place throughout the book. However, in Mary Reilly the story is told through the eyes of Mary Reilly.
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