Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Research Paper

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson was first published in 1886 shocking its stern and righteous Victorian audience. The novella takes a journey to look onto the lower class underground society that shows the immediate balancing side to the upper classes strict and proper society. The Victorian society was intent on repressing thought and behavior that they would consider barbarous. In restraining natural instincts and liberation to experience life, society bred a deep fascination in the secret world of indulgence of sex and drug use. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde asserted the class struggle between the bourgeoisie upper class and the lower class proletariat in Victorian England's industrial society. In this time period society was going through a time of a scientific…show more content…
Stevenson's novella exhibited society’s deepest fear: that man was evolved from a primitive animal and anyone could succumb to those instincts unfit for society. A divide has always existed between the rich and poor in society. However, during the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England, this rift reached its peak. The working class labored for long hours and received miniscule wages, whereas the bourgeoisie grew abundantly wealthy through the labor of the proletarians (Post 5) Karl Marx’s theory tries to bring about social change, it offers a critique of the class hostility brought about by capitalism at the height of the Industrial Revolution (Post 6). Marx reflects on the exploitation of the working class and the negative effect of modern technology on class struggle in a capitalist society. Stevenson used Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as an example of the tension between both classes in which they are fighting for control. Dr. Jekyll having been raised the proper way had never tempted any wrong doing his status never allowed him. Mr. Hyde who was looked down

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