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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Stevenson is a mystery novel about the duality of man and the neutrality of having two personalities. Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix is also a mystery novel about a clone created to fulfill someone’s needs and wants. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Double Identity hold many similarities such as creating another being to meet ones wants or needs but also hold some differences. Hyde is not another person, just Jekyll in a different form. Bethany, the main character of Double Identity, is a living breathing copy of Elizabeth.
Although these two books were written many years apart, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde hold a few similarities. In both novels, characters were created to make someone happy. Jekyll created Hyde so he could maintain his strong Victorian reputation while fulfilling his deep desires to be evil. Hyde was created to keep Jekyll sane and happy. Bethany was created to make her parents happy after they lost their first beloved daughter in a tragic car accident. Bethany made her mother happy again after the lost of her sister.
Also, the controversy of human cloning or creating a copy of two people is present in both novels. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Double Identity are just works of fiction but hold many ideas about it, good and bad. In Jekyll and Hyde, Lanyon is skeptical of the possibility of creating a potion to change into another character, but is proven wrong. Others in the novel are also skeptical that Mr. Hyde is Dr. Jekyll and do not want to believe it. In Double Identity, when Bethany finds out she is a clone she questions how she could be herself when in reality she is someone else. She is also skeptical as to how it is possible that she is a clone, but is slowly convinced. Many opinions, similar to the ones in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Double Identity, are present today. Scientist conclude that cloning a human could be the next logical step in reproductive technology. It is proven that a clone would have their own memory and thought and would receive all the rights of a...

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