Exploring the Grotesque: The Fiction of Stevenson and McCullers

Over the course of several centuries, grotesque imagery has played a vital role in the arts, literature, and cultures all over the world. Attempting to attribute a clear-cut definition to the word grotesque has proven to be a challenge for historians and literary scholars since its definition has changed over time, but the role it … Read moreExploring the Grotesque: The Fiction of Stevenson and McCullers

Mr Utterson’s Perspective

In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stevenson employs Utterson as the narrator and voice of the novella, as well as the investigator or detective figure that allows the story to be ‘discovered’ dramatically by the reader. Utterson also provides a contrast as a the voice of reason compared to the supernatural and fantastical elements provided … Read moreMr Utterson’s Perspective

Duality and Complexity in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde is a novel which is arguably entirely about duality. The most obvious example is of course that of the contrast between Jekyll and Hyde themselves, but underneath that is a multitude of smaller oppositions, such as dark and light; private and public; and … Read moreDuality and Complexity in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Liberation of Language in The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

All language exists with two definitions. The primary, literal meaning is defined as what the object physically is, and the secondary, symbolic meaning is what the object represents. An object’s literal meaning remains a stationary constant, as it exists in a physical reality, and can only change if the object also physically changes. The symbolic … Read moreLiberation of Language in The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Supernatural and Its Discontents in Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Victor Frankenstein decided to push the boundaries of science and take the supernatural into their own hands. Both of the scientists’ experiments yielded creations that got out of control, but the men had very different intentions in mind when creating these monstrosities, as well as having opposite reactions to the fruits of … Read moreThe Supernatural and Its Discontents in Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Limitations of Language in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, investigates the effectuality of language as a means of rational and logical communication when confronted with situations that represent the intangible and supernatural. Throughout the text, it becomes evident that there is a gradual disappearance of the ability to communicate ideas verbally … Read moreThe Limitations of Language in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Collective Mr. Hyde

With his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson presents encounters between several upstanding members of Victorian society and Mr. Hyde, a man who seems to disregard all social conventions in favor of selfishness and barbarity. To be sure, Hyde’s actions merit disapproval, but Jekyll’s friends feel a severe physical aversion to Hyde at … Read moreThe Collective Mr. Hyde

Morally Questionable Smog in the Fiction of Stevenson and Pynchon

The Crying of Lot 49, by Thomas Pynchon, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, both explore the ambiguous nature of human morality through the lens of mystery. Both texts are set in an urban environment, the character’s surroundings constantly obscured with an ever present, metaphorically resonant smog … Read moreMorally Questionable Smog in the Fiction of Stevenson and Pynchon

Undermining of Late Enlightenment Progress in “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”

In the 1890s, realization that new knowledge and vast technological innovation created the potential for our own ability to shape the future of humanity, for better or significantly for the worse, prompted the existential crisis of a decade. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde suggests enlightenment ideals cannot protect against class divisions and … Read moreUndermining of Late Enlightenment Progress in “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”