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Repressed Personality and Sexual Subtleties in Robert Louis Stevenson D

Repressed Personality and Sexual Subtleties in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde The Tragedies of repressionIn the mention book Victorian Britain An Encyclopedia Stevenson is noted for saying that fiction should open the truths that make manners significant (760). We see this most closely in his Jekyll/Hyde experiment when Jekyll explains why he invented his infamous potion. Jekyll says I concealed my pleasures and when I reached years of reflection...I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of life (Stevenson, 42). Because of this feeling of being one thing in the publics eye, well value and controlled, and another on his own, Hyde invents an outlet. This outlet becomes, at least symbolically, a internal representation of male hysteria, a psychological disorder stereotypically associated with women. Jekyll says my two natures had memory in common (48). Thus, Hyde is free to express his base and immoral self without conscience while Jekyll is voyeuristically allowed to watc h without regret since the actions are not his own, simply a different entities altogether. Jekyll is described crying like a cleaning lady behind closed doors because Hyde has become the dominant personality (Showalter, 114).Stevensons narrative reflects roughly of the effects of socialization and their influence on the repression of certain forms of sexuality, specifically homosexuality, which we testament explore a little later. Jekyll begins waking as Hyde, suggesting that when his social controls are weakest, Hyde is free to come out. The story dramatizes social norms, the search to deviate from them, and unfreeze oneself of responsibility for ones actions that go against these norms. As Jekyll gets used to becoming Hyde, the socialized and oppress Je... ...nd abnormal for their feelings. This is quite different than facing explicitly ones repressed feelings or sexualilty, which the public often reacts violently against. Works Cited Showalter, Elaine.Dr. Jekylls Clo set. Sexual Anarchy sassy York Penguin Books,1990. 105-126.Stevenson, Robert Louis. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. in the altogether York Dover Publishing, Inc., 1991.Waters, Chris. Robert Louis Stevenson. Victorian Britain An Encyclopedia. Sally Mitchell and Michael J. Herr. New York Garland Publishing, Inc, 1988. 760-761.Swade. Lesbian Tribal Chant History page. http// Accessed 4/20/99. Ennis, Jane. VICTORIA Digest - 27 featherbed 1998 to 28 Mar 1998 . Accessed 4/20/99. http//

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