Thursday, September 29, 2016

Classics Challenge: "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

What a letdown!

With such great build-up: the mystery, the murder, the mayhem...

Yet Hyde/Jekyll kills himself before the lawyer can break down the door. No confrontation, no epic battle. Nothing.

After Hyde/Jekyll's death, the lawyer finds himself with a full confession from the mad scientist which reveals (surprise, surprise!) Hyde/Jekyll to be the same person. This confession was the longest chapter in the book, go figure!

What I found most interesting about DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (that the pop culture stereotype doesn't portray) is that Jekyll liked being Hyde. Not only that, but he had some amount of cognizance as Hyde. He was aware of his actions, even if his temperament meant he couldn't control them.

Of course, once he started changing to Hyde without the aid of the potion... Well, Jekyll didn't like that too much.

Overall, this book was a disappointment for me. I was expecting a bigger reveal and a show down between Jekyll's dual selves. Alas, that was not what I got at all. Boo.

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