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Comparison between Dorian Gray and Dr jekyll & Mr Hyde

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Transcript of Comparison between Dorian Gray and Dr jekyll & Mr Hyde

The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Similarities between the two books
The question of Blame
Their evil acts
Duality of human nature
The stories themselves
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A comparison between the two books...
The picture of Dorian Gray & The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
By Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Robert Louis Stevenson, one of the masters of the Victorian adventure story, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on November 13, 1850.
He won widespread admiration with
Treasure Island
, written in 1883, and followed it with
Kidnapped
in 1886.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tapped directly into the anxieties of Stevenson’s age.
Stevenson’s novel imagines an inextricable link between civilization and savagery, good and evil.
Stevenson died suddenly in 1894, at the age of forty-four.
PLOT SUMMARY
Henry Jekyll is a well respected member of London society.
He is a medical doctor, scientist and academician.
He theorizes that in each man is a good side and an evil side which can be separated into two.
In his experiments, he uses himself as the subject to test his hypothesis.
His evil side, who he coins Mr. Hyde, escapes into London.
Jekyll, aware of Hyde's goings-on, decides to stop his experiments because of the suffering he has caused but what Jekyll is unaware of is how ingrained Hyde is in Jekyll's life.
MAIN CHARACTERS
Dr. Henry Jekyll
Mr. Edward Hyde
Mr. Gabriel John Utterson
Dr. Hastie Lanyon
MAIN THEMES
The duality of human nature
The importance of reputation
Violence aganist innocents
Silence
Urban terror
SYMBOLS
Jekyll's house and laboratory
Hyde's phisical appearance
By Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
PLOT SUMMARY
Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who is impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty; he believes that Dorian’s beauty is responsible for the new mode in his art as a painter.

Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life.

Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied and amoral experiences; all the while his portrait ages and records every soul-corrupting sin
Oscar Wilde was born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland.
He attended the Portora Royal School at Enniskillen where he fell in love with Greek and Roman studies.
Upon graduating in 1871, Wilde was awarded the Royal School Scholarship to attend Trinity College in Dublin.
At Oxford, Wilde continued to excel academically and upon graduating, Wilde moved to London. There, he continued to focus on writing poetry, publishing his first collection, Poems, in 1881
On May 29, 1884, Wilde married an Englishwoman named Constance Lloyd. They had two sons.
In 1891, he published his first and only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Wilde's first play, Lady Windermere's Fan, opened in February 1892.
In 1895 Wilde commenced an affair with a young man named Lord Alfred Douglas.
Wilde died of meningitis on November 30, 1900 at the age of 46.
MAIN CHARACTERS
Dorian Gray
Basil Hallward
Lord Henry "Harry" Wotton
Sibyl Vane
James Vane
MAIN THEMES
The Purpose of Art
The supremacy of youth and beauty
The superficial nature of society
The negative consequences of influence
The Author
The author
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