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In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde what would be the best way to explain the dual personality...

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badolbamaboy07 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2007 at 11:28 PM via web

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In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde what would be the best way to explain the dual personality that makes up the largest part of the book?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 6, 2007 at 11:42 PM (Answer #1)

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A good and interesting question. I'd say that the Dr. Jekyll represents that socially acceptable personality. He is who Jekyll was raised to be. Hyde, by contrast, represents the side, not just of Jekyll but of humanity, that is denied. This means evil, of course, but it also means rude behavior, and simply animal behavior, without the restraints of civilization.

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