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Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Besides Shakespeare, few literary works ignite such a profound and universal resonance as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

The generally accepted interpretation of the story is "the duality of man," the coexistence and conflict between good and evil. Yet, a closer look at the story led me to believe that the author's attention is less on duality but more on repression --- repression of the baser nature of man and, consequently, the failure of such repression as one grows older.

(TBC)

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