Similarities Between Jekyll And Hyde

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This essay will examine these two themes which are power versus powerless and wealth versus poverty and how it is portrayed in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. My objective is to look into the three stories chosen from both of the novels respectively and approach them from different perspectives in relation to the themes involved. In the story The Speckled Band, it focuses on the helplessness of the children and women in a society that gives all legal power to adult males. The Stoner twins’ inherited fortunes from their mother but are controlled by their stepfather, Dr. Grimesby Roylott, and the only way in getting the inheritance is through marriage. “The total income, which at the time of the wife’s death was a little short of £1,100, is now through the fall in agricultural process not more than £750. Each daughter can claim an income of £250, in case of marriage. It is evident, therefore, that if both girls had married this beauty would have had a mere pittance, while even one of them…show more content…
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One of the comparisons in the stories is the power struggle where the characters proved that sanity and pride are easy to be thrown away if the intentions are logical. Social class in these stories seem important especially in the Victorian era where the upper class is respected rather than the working class. Duality plays a huge role throughout the stories where it is some sort of an escapism for the characters in order to reach their goal. Although, we can see the comparison of duality, there is a contrast to it where the intentions or motifs of the characters are different. In Sherlock Holmes, the character is prone to wealth however in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, we can observe that Dr. Jekyll wants to give in to the feeling of being a different person however he couldn’t because of his social
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