Christian theology — etc. My last review was a book discussing mystery and detective fiction. And arguably Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde would not be out of place within that genre either. The problem for the reader is that hardly anyone will read this novella without knowing the ending.
Even as good shone upon the countenance of the one, evil was written broadly and plainly on the face of the other. Evil besides which I must still believe to be the lethal side of man had left on that body an imprint of deformity and decay.
And yet when I looked upon that ugly idol in the glass, I was conscious of no repugnance rather of a leap of welcome. This too, was myself.
The stage adaptation opened in London ina year after the publication of the novella. Henry Jekyll is a brilliant man who in the course of trying to understand the human psyche has turned himself, with tragic results, into a guinea pig for his experiments.
He has unleashed a power from within that is turning out to be too formidable to be properly contained. This book was released in and at first none of the bookshop wanted to carry the book because of the subject matter, but a positive review had people flocking to the stores to read this sinister tale of hubris overcoming reason.
The American first edition is the true first edition because it preceded the London edition by three days The timing was perfect for releasing such a tale. The Victorian society was struggling with the morality that had been imposed upon them by the previous generation.
They were embracing vice. Many men of means living in London now found themselves hearing the siren song of pleasures available on the East End. They could be as naughty as they wanted and safely leave their depravity on that side of town before they return to the respectable bosom of their family and careers.
They were struggling with the dual natures of their existences. The thunder of the church and the faces of their sweet families made them feel guilty for their need to drink gin in decrepit pubs, smoke opiates in dens of inequity, consort with underage whores, and run the very real risk of being robbed by cutthroats.
This walk on the wild side also allowed them the privilege of feeling completely superior to all those beings providing their means of entertainment.
Jekyll as it turns out is no different.
He relishes the adventures of his other persona even as he feels the mounting horror of losing control of this other self he calls Mr. Furthermore, his creation has no loyalty. Jekyll who was composite now with the most sensitive apprehensions, now with a greedy gusto, projected and shared in the pleasures and adventures of Hyde; but Hyde was indifferent to Jekyll, or but remembered him as the mountain bandit remembers the cavern in which he conceals himself from pursuit.
His terror of the gallows drove him continually to commit temporary suicide, and return to his subordinate station of a part instead of a person; he loathed the necessity, he loathed the despondency into which Jekyll had fallen, and he resented the dislike which he was himself regarded.
This foreign substance, unfortunately, is the ingredient that made the emergence and the restraint of Hyde possible. Men who normally did not read novels were buying this book.The Strange Case of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a book that captured the minds of millions of people when it was first published in years later, this captivating novella by Robert Louis Stevenson is a book that delves into the question of dual identities and the repression of society.4/5.
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Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, offered here for chump change, from the Master Storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson.. His first draft was burned to ash, the final published version created at the request of his wife.
The result is a complex, tingling tale . Jun 06, · Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (c) Robert Louis Stevenson, The behavior of Dr. Henry Jekyll, a renowned and highly respected London doctor, starts to preoccupy his closest friends and house staff members, as the good doctor seems to increasingly fall under the influence of a most intriguing and violent .