Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde question


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Jekyll's and Hydes relationship.
Tylerchavarria Tylerchavarria Oct 26, 2011 06:39PM
How do you think Dr. Jekyll's feels about his and Mr. Hyde's reationship? WHy is this so much different than a normal relationship?



I believe he feels like he and Mr. Hyde are two, distinct, separate people, yet who could initially find harmony with each other. Jekyll initially felt that Hyde could satisfy his desire for to unleash his younger, reckless side. However, as Hyde's actions became increasingly violent, Jekyll wanted to distance himself from that side of himself, and that is where his 'relationship' with Hyde took a turn for the worst. Their relationship is however strange in that while they are completely separate and different they occupied the same physical body, where eventually, one personality tried to basically out-do the other one to gain dominance.


Not sure exactly what you mean here. Jekyll & Hyde are two sides of the same person, so I'm not really sure how they can have a relationship. Although Hyde's appearance may differ from Jekyll's it is more like a split-personality, isn't it? Would a doctor say that a person with a Dissociative Identity Disorder (the medical term) has a 'relationship' with each personality? You may or may not like what your other personality does, but it doesn't form a relationship.

Am I being too nit-picky here?


Jekyll and Hyde represent the two sides of conflict within one person. Whether that conflict is youth/age or good/evil they are in conflict. When Hyde makes his initial appearance, he is much shorter than Jekyll because Jekyll has successfully repressed the evil in his character for most of his life. He has tried to build a wall within himself to separate those characteristics that he does not like from those he feels are praise worthy.

This conflict has been labeled as the Caledonian Antisyzygy. See: The Mighty Scot: Nation, Gender, and the Nineteenth Century Mystique of Scottish Masculinity by Maureen Martin http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=5H...


In a way its a relationship. Hyde uses Jekyll. I love the line in the book where Hyde talks about committing crimes and then reverting back to Jekyll like a bandit returns to a cave. Something like that. Even though Jekyll has a split personality, it's as if two people are sharing the same body and they rely on each other for different things. Interesting conversation...you guys are making me think. I dangerous pass time, I know. :)


I think to some extent Jekylll felt he had the upper hand in the relationship between him and Hyde. Because after all Hyde was his "special" cloak of sorts to do as he pleased. But over time when he was losing control of Hyde, I think he just wound up feeling more and more mortified that he even opened the door to that kind of relationship. Because he was no longer in control. His desires more or less were ruling HIM for a change and not the other way around. And it is different than a normal relationship because as the other two posters have said, this is a definite split personality situation. But at the same time, I think it was more of a illness of sorts that possessed it's host entirely til there was nothing left. Kind of like for most people with porn addiction or maybe even alcoholism where the drug of choice consumes the person entirely and they can't think or be anything other than in the moment of drinking or absorbed in the porn. In this case Jekyll couldn't get past being and living in the moment and space of Hyde til it consumed him and it was a inner illness vs. that of an outward influence like in a normal relationship.


Sometimes, our inner dark personality (even if they're weak to penetrate our good side sometimes) can emerge at any moment no matter how hard you try. That's what happened to Dr. Jekyll for he faces ONLY facts.


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