The gothic genre during the nineteenth represented a much darker London where individuals were not what they appeared to be. In the Strange Case of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson expresses the theme of duality through the main character and the setting of the Victorian era by applying the doppelganger technique in this novella. Sharing one body and one mind, they do not isolate yet expect an adjustment in their body structure in which Jekyll is replaced by Hyde, who is inhabit within Jekyll’s repression. Hyde in public is known by the gracefully looking figure of Jekyll and on the other hand he is the portrayal of his doppelganger emerging from Jekyll’s character. In any case, the author provides us with various different theories, reactions and conclusions of Hyde and builds him as a secretive character for the reader. By this way to deal with narration, the writer also succeeds in making anticipation for the initial readers, who does get some answers concerning Dr.
Jekyll’s double personalities until the story just about arrives to an end. Jekyll and Hyde are not the only examples of doppelganger in the novel. The city of London is additionally portrayed in contrasting terms, as both a cloudy, nightmarish spot, and a well-kept, center of commerce. Stevenson explores the theme of duality by using Jekyll’s house and the setting of London during the Victorian culture.The difference between Dr.
Jekyll’s house and laboratory symbolizes the contrast between his life in public and his private life, know has Mr. Hyde. Throughout the book, the house is used as a significant resource which makes it possible for Dr. Jekyll to use his house even when he is in the form of Hyde.
Therefore, the house can be regarded to be parallel to Dr. Jekyll doppelganger personality. The doctor has kept certain part of his house hidden from the public, because he fears that the society won’t accept his dark secret. The front side of..