Comparing The Yellow Wallpaper And The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

2175 Words Nov 19th, 2014 9 Pages
Praise Uyo
ENGL 121
Jillian Richardson
November 10th, 2014

The Similarities and Differences in the Causes of Attitudes in Charlotte Stetson’s The Yellow Wallpaper and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde

In Charlotte Stetson’s gothic short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the unnamed narrator and Dr Jekyll display common attitudes that are influenced by the situations they find themselves. In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the unnamed narrator is a woman going through post-partum depression who is subjected to a rest cure by her husband, brother and family members. Over time, her attitude changes and she acts differently to everyone around including her husband. In The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dr Jekyll is a doctor who has a high societal ranking in the society in London where he stays. This ranking prevents him from doing the things he enjoys doing and thus forces him to create a personality that allows him to do his bidding. This personality is embodied in Mr Hyde, who he refers to as “the evil side of [his] nature” (Stevenson 81). The societal expectations placed on both characters leads to a gradual change in their attitudes, and this is highly detrimental to both in the end. In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator is subjected to the influence of a much smaller society that includes her husband, brother, sister-in-law and other family members. However,…

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