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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales o... by Robert Louis Stevenson
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Mar 11, 2012

really liked it

Another tale rightfully seared into our collective consciousness, the experience of reading it can't be anything like that of its first, unsuspecting, readers. But a nicely plotted little tale of mystery, its final section, when Jekyll makes his confession, is chilling. For his tale resonates with anyone who has felt divided within themselves, and who would claim never to have felt such internal conflicts? At once a tale of an addict, a Jungian shadow, and the everyman of Victorian England, this last element is perhaps the one which modern readers might miss. In our more liberated society, the hints towards homosexuality might easily go unnoticed. The modern Jekyll, of course, would no longer be the "gentleman" but rather the "good husband" and "family man", whose horrible secrets are known only to himself. In terms of narrative, the moments in which Hyde begins to take over Jekyll's body against Jekyll's will are the most chilling. They make this a classic horror tale, as well as a critique of Victorian hypocrisy.
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