Module 3 Product

By: Lauren Bitton

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Thesis

In the novel Jekyll and Hyde, the author presents many themes, symbolism, imagery, and relations to real life. All of these parts aide in understanding the story and the importance of the characters and their specific personalities.

"The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" important quotations

"He was perfectly cool and made no resistance, but gave me one look, so ugly that it brought out the sweat on me like running." (iBook page 6) This quote is significant in the way that it describes the mysterious man (Mr Hyde) from the very beginning from the novel. It gives the reader an initial thought that the ugliness of the man represents symbolism to the character as to why his look is so frightening.


"He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something down-right detestable. I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I scare know why. He must be deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn't specify the point. He's an extraordinary looking man, and yet I really can name nothing out of the way."(iBook page 10) This quote is important in the fact that is provides even more description to the 'strange looking man'. During this time period, reputation was highly thought of, which is why it is important to understand that Mr. Hyde does not have a good reputation in town. As a matter of fact, many people fear his from his evil acts and his frightening appearance.


"Satan's signature upon a face, it is on that of your new friend"(iBook page 21) This quote is comparing Mr. Hyde to satan. This helps support the theme of good vs evil by representing Hyde as a well known evil figure.


"a large, well-made, smooth- faced man on fifty, with something of a stylish cast perhaps, but every mark of capacity and kindness- you could see by his looks that he cherished for Mr. Utterson a sincere and warm affection."(iBook page 25) This quote is very essential in understanding Dr. Jekyll's character. He is known to be kind, sincere, and his looks are expressed as very well put together. This description is completely opposite to Mr.Hyde, which represents the "good" in the theme of battling good vs. evil.


"He put the glass to his lips and drank at one gulp. A cry followed; he reeled, staggered, clutched at the table and held on, staring with injected eyes, gasping with open mouth; and as I looked there came, I thought, a change- he seemed to swell...there stood Henry Jekyll!"(iBook page 82) At the end of the novel, the story of Mr. Hyde was revealed. This quote in the book explains the transformation after Dr. Jekyll drank the potion and Mr. Hyde appeared. This part of the novel is essential in understand the plot and how the characters were created.

"Porphyria's Lover" by Robert Browning

This poem can come off very eerie to many people because of the characters thoughts and actions. "Porphyria's Lover" which is interpreted as a man, murders her in response to love. He strangles her with her own hair, yet said "I am quite sure she felt no pain"(line 42) and feels no remorse towards it. He believes that because "yet God has not said a word"(line 60), that he has not done wrong. Because God has not punished him in any way, he feels that after his murder he is gained instead. The theme of "setting himself apart" can be expressed in this poem because the act of murder and not feeling any remorse or wrongdoing is extremely out of the ordinary. The way he describes her love and her beautiful looks then decided that killing her was the best decision, definitely sets him apart. This character felt that "I, its love, am gained instead"(line 55) after the death of the woman who loved him dearly, which shows mental instability and potential psychological problems.

Pop Culture Reference Analysis

In this video of Phineas and Ferb, Candace is singing a song that explains her split personality. One side of her is boy crazy and happy, and the other side is overly concerned about her brothers and making sure that they don't get in trouble. Candace's character closely relates to Jekyll and Hyde in the way of split personalities that are very different. In both examples, there is a constant theme of battling between good and evil.
Me, Myself, and I - Phineas and Ferb

Thematic Ideas in "The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde"

Good Vs. Evil- In Jekyll and Hyde, the personalities of the characters represent good and evil. Because Mr. Hyde is created by Dr. Jekyll, he is constantly fighting a battle between the two. They hold very separate personalities, which a person can also face. Every human battles good and evil in their lives, and sometimes is hard to distinguish between the two. Jekyll tries to hide Mr. Hyde as best as he can, but we can conclude at the end that it was too much to handle.


Duality of Human Nature- In this novel, the idea of a man not just one but two is expressed. The separation and differences of Jekyll and Hyde represent different personalities a man can express.


Setting himself apart- The fear of Mr. Hyde and his evil personality sets him far apart from the other characters in this story.


Importance of Reputation- The value of gossip during this time period resulting in reputation is shown in this novel. The way Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield avoid gossip because it will destroy a reputation is evident. Also, the importance of reputation is also shown through the descriptions of appearance and how that affects the initial impression of a person.

"The Flea" by John Donne

In this poem, John Donne is comparing sexual intercourse to a flea consuming multiple people's blood by using a conceit. A conceit is a type of poem that compares two very unlike things in some way. The speaker is trying to express that if a flea can mix two people's body fluid, why not have sex because it's the same thing. This poem is a very creative way to compare these two ideas, and after reading the poem it was easy to relate the two. Although this poem does not support any of the same themes of Jekyll and Hyde, the use of the conceit is important to this time period and also a very interesting piece of work in this module. One theme that might relate between the two are the gruesome thoughts and actions in both works of literature.