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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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What does Dr. Jackman's wife mean when she says "You're too repressed to have a secret lover" in Jekyll, and how does it relate to the original Jekyll and Hyde novel?

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In Jekyll, the modern adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Tom Jackman takes on the role of the new Dr. Jekyll and transforms into his violent alter ego, Mr. Hyde (this is a twist). To avoid hurting his wife and two children, Jackman leaves the family and lives in a secure basement (buried passions). He does not tell his wife what is going on, but as we can see, she does not think that her husband has another lover (he is too repressed).

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In Jekyll, the modern adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Tom Jackman takes on the role of the new Dr. Jekyll. Jackman also transforms into his violent alter ego, Mr. Hyde. To avoid hurting his wife and two children, Jackman leaves the family and lives in a secure basement. He does not tell his wife what is going on, but as we can see, she does not think that her husband has another lover. He is too repressed.

Jackman seems to be the kind of man who is driven by reason and who buries his passions, like anger and lust, deep within himself. He has buried them for so long that they have no means of escape but through the transformation into Hyde, who is everything Jackman is not. All of Jackman’s buried passions are manifest in Hyde.

This provides a bit of a twist to the original Jekyll and Hyde story. Dr. Jekyll is a man of science, and he presents the face of reason and calm to the world. Yet he is aware of another side of his personality lurking deep within. Jekyll lets those passions out at night and does shameful things that he hides from the world. He wants to find a way to separate the two sides of himself so he does not have to deal with the guilt of his passions, and he discovers the chemical that transforms him into the dreaded Mr. Hyde, who freely expresses all the passions Jekyll keeps hidden.

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