How is the theme of duality explored in Jekyll & Hyde? GCSE Essay Feedback

Watch this thread
tobynorth_
Badges: 11
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#1
Report Thread starter 4 years ago
#1
Could anyone give any feedback on this AQA GCSE essay I wrote for Jekyll and Hyde, How is the theme of duality explored in Jekyll & Hyde?

The theme of duality is first explored through the portrayal of Hyde as a ‘murderous mixture of timidity and boldness’. The noun ‘mixture’ is a clear reference to the duality of Jekyll & Hyde. It also suggests that Hyde, being a ‘mixture’ is a product of science - frightening to victorian audiences as they would be unaware what he is capable of. The juxtaposing adjectives ‘timidty’ and ‘boldness’ are also the reference to duality, through their contrasting characteristics. The adjective ‘timidly’ represents Jekyll, in fear of Hyde taking over, and ‘boldness’ represents Hyde in his barbaric, public acts.

Stevenson later presents the theme of duality through his description that ‘the hate that divided them was now on both sides’. This is clear reference to their dual nature, and suggests they are each wanting to be rid of other - and gain power/control. However the fact the hate is described as on ‘both sides’ could mean that Hyde has fully take over, as he is the one presented as evil and full of hate in his actions. The imperative ‘now’ also reflects the urgency of a situation where Hyde is completely in control, being a product of science. This would terrify a Victorian audience, as many didn't believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution, so being a product of science, audiences would believe Hyde is capable of animalistic behaviour.

The writer also explores Duality where Jekyll exclaims ‘my devil has been caged, and came out roaring’. This reflects Jekyll’s idea that humanity has 2 sides, good and evil (‘my devil’). The noun ‘caged’ reflects victorian society, in many of them repressed their desires (evil side) to maintain their reputation. Furthermore the possessive pronoun ‘my’ shows Jekyll’s lack of control over his evil side. The fact his ‘devil’ came out ‘roaring’ may also foreshadow the dangers of duality, in that Hyde eventually took over.

The author also explores the theme of Duality through his description of Jekyll, in that ‘he grew pale to the very lips and there came a blackness about his eyes’. The verb ‘grew’ reflects growing power of Hyde and therefore loss of duality between them. Furthermore it may also reflect Jekyll’s growing fear that knowledge of this duality become public, a terrifying proposition for a Victorian gentleman where reputation was everything. The adjective ‘pale’ also reflects Hyde draining Jekyll of his former self, as Hyde grows in power. However could also be Stevenson suggesting that duality is unattainable, as ‘pale’ could foreshadow Jekyll’s death.

Therefore theme of duality is explored throughout Jekyll and Hyde, especially through descriptions of Hyde & Jekyll as Hyde’s power grows.
1
reply
jacobsykes8
Badges: 5
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#2
Report 2 years ago
#2
Really good use of techniques and context, however try not to use "reflects" as much as it could show limited knowledge of vocabulary which could lower your mark. Another tip is that you should try to aim to use a couple more quotes (ideally 6-10). Otherwise, well done!
Last edited by jacobsykes8; 2 years ago
1
reply
cjanit
Badges: 0
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#3
Report 1 year ago
#3
thanks
0
reply
Thefatalbellman2
Badges: 7
Rep:
? You'll earn badges for being active around the site. Rep gems come when your posts are rated by other community members.
#4
Report 1 year ago
#4
(Original post by jacobsykes8)
Really good use of techniques and context, however try not to use "reflects" as much as it could show limited knowledge of vocabulary which could lower your mark. Another tip is that you should try to aim to use a couple more quotes (ideally 6-10). Otherwise, well done!
I’d disagree actually - I think it has the right amount of quotes. Better to go further in analysing fewer quotes and fully exploring their implications. More sophisticated points can be made when the focus is narrower as you can pull more meaning out of each quote.
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

How did your AQA A-level Psychology Paper 1 go?

Loved the paper - Feeling positive (263)
42.56%
The paper was reasonable (257)
41.59%
Not feeling great about that exam... (53)
8.58%
It was TERRIBLE (45)
7.28%

Watched Threads

View All