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"Silent Homosexuality in Oscar Wilde’s Teleny and The Picture of Dorian Gray and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"

"The Prisonhouse of My Disposition: A Study of the Psychology of Addiction" in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

"Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" - Your Writing Prompts

“…Man is not truly one, but truly two.”

At the end of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll makes the claim that there are two parts to himself – both the Jekyll side and the Hyde side. Write a 4- to 5-page paper where you make an argument about what you believe led to this personality split. Why did Jekyll have to create Hyde?

You have some freedom here – you can make an argument that it was repressive Victorian culture, pressure from family or colleagues to present an ideal public image, sexual repression, a mental break, etc., that led to the creation of Hyde.

You will need to support your argument using two secondary sources. You can choose to either use two of the sources listed below or find your own sources—as long as you have two total.

Optional sources:

- "Earnings and Yearnings-Identity Cleft" – Michele Lent Hirsch

- "The Pressure to Cover" – Kenji Yoshino

- The Science of Evil – Simon Baron Cohen (ebook available in the RU Libraries)

- "Mr. Hyde and Mr. Seek" – Richard T. Gaughan (attached)


- The primary focus here is to analyze the novella and create an argument; the sources are simply being used to back up your claim in whichever way you choose

- The page requirement for this essay means you are writing 4+ pages

- Each body paragraph in your essay must contain at least one quote from the novella

- Please bring a draft with an intro. and two body paragraphs, as well as your completed annotated bibliography worksheet, to class for a peer review on April 5


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