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Compare Dr.Jekyll and Lanyon's character in "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and...

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love24 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 31, 2008 at 3:44 PM via web

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Compare Dr.Jekyll and Lanyon's character in "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde".

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 1, 2008 at 2:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Jekyll and Lanyon are alike in being male, from privileged classes, and interested in science/medicine. They differ in that Jekyll is drawn more directly to experimentation, and to, forgive the cliché, the dark side of things. He is mysterious. Lanyon is, by contrast, cheery, even sunny. Lanyon is open; people understand him. He's a positive sort, at least until he observes the transformations that are happening. That depresses him, and breaks his health. However, Lanyon's sufficiently drawn to the dark and experimental that he's willing to watch Hyde drink the potion.

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