A Critical Comparison Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr.Hyde Original Book Version Vs. A Film Version Of The Story

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Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde have evolved into one of the most acclaimed pieces of literature in modern American society. Various directors through the years have interpreted the book through their own eyes. The movie that I decided to use for this examination is the 1932 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring Frederic March. There are many various themes, and points that one can focus on when analyzing and contrasting the film and book. There are several elements or subplots that were evident in the movie version of the novel that was nowhere to be found in the book. The most influential character in the movie believe it or not, appeared to be Ivy Pearson; a common whore to some, however, a "metamorphic" tool to this great classic. The capacity of this plot is to serve as a portrayal of the division that exists in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.In the movie we are introduced to Ivy Pearson, who coincidentally was aided by Dr. Jekyll one evening. She is an outgoing and free spirited woman. The reason that I characterized her as a whore earlier is because the definition of a whore perfectly defines Dr. Jekyll presence in the story. Whores are free and outgoing who do not judge others and are not being judged much them selves. However, at the same time are being controlled by those who pay or own them. Analyzing the story from a critical point of view puts Dr. Jekyll on the same scale as Ivy Pearson. I believe that Dr. Jekyll was a "whore" ofthe society. He was a very rich, well known, and respected man. His material influence in society allowed him to obtain almost everything that he desired. He appears to be very confident, however, there are a number of restrictions that occur in this life. He is restricted by society he lives in, there are rules and ideals that he is expected to follow and live by. Eventually, these things will all be the cause of his downfall.Contrary to the "whore" is Dr. Jekyll's love interest Muriel, whose presence added an entire twist to the movie. Her role served as a way of relating to the transformation of Jekyll and its effect on others. While in the book, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde appear to be two different people at first, Muriel essentially is Dr. Jekyll's fiancée whom he is madly in love with. This is a perfect example of how Dr. Jekyll has been restricted. He found the girl he loved, he wanted to get married, but it didn't work the way he wanted. Muriel's father has delayed the wedding for a period of 10 months.I think this is one of the major factors of Dr. Jekyll transformation as well as formation of Mr. Hyde's personality. When Mr. Hyde met Ivy Pearson for the first time, he said: "You are what I want and what I want I get!" This is perfectly relates to the situation Dr. Jekyll faced in accordance to his urge to marry Muriel. As the movie progressed, I could clearly see that the director wanted his viewers to notice that the transformation was costly in the relationships with the...

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