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As a child too, Stevenson was often in poor health, and he experienced intense nightmares. He later said that many of his ideas for essays and stories came to him in his dreams 'A Chapter of Dreams'.
Since his mother was often ill, he was educated by an old nurse, Alison Cunningham, who told him stories of demons, devils, and ghosts which he never forgot. This background laid the foundation for his inspiration in his adult writing. As a college student, Stevenson also had experiences which can be related to his novel.
He had a reputation for heavy drinking and perhaps going to prostitutes or 'women of the streets'. He dressed and acted in a Bohemian way. He was a rebel.
This 'immoral' behavior may have given him insight into man's dual nature, for in later life he also wrote austerely about morality and could behave strictly and sternly himself. He married a woman who had been married before a definite rebellion against his religious parentsand who was much older than him.
Her name was Fanny Osborne. After some extravagant adventures, including a trip across the US by Stevenson to rescue Fanny from her first husband, the marriage took place in He and Fanny eventually moved with her son to a house in the Westbourne area of Bournemouth.
Fanny criticised the first version harshly and Stevenson destroyed it. He burnt it and we have the second version after it was revised. He later said that the first destroyed manuscript was the best work he ever did.
He also had to take drugs to keep him alive as he was often very ill throughout his life. This too is reflected in the novel. His poor health finally caught up with him after he moved to Somoa even though he claimed it was a place whose climate was good for him.
He died suddenly of an aneuryism at age Valerie Metcalf was born on March 14, in Sedalia, Montana. She became Valerie Martin after marriage and had one daughter. Her first husband was an artist and her novel, The Great Divorce may record some of her experiences with him -- though indirectly.
She writes stories in the tradition of Edgar Allen Poe, and has long admired the work of Stevenson. Her book is dedicated to him and her father, a sea captain. She has said it is her goal to communicate uncanny and startling states of mind and to show how people are closely connected to their animal heritage.
Violence and the uncanny are strong in her work. All this is seen in Mary Reilly which is a work which makes her Stevenson's 'literary daughter'. It is a parable about the deeper levels of human nature. The central theme revolves around the dual nature of man.
Jekyll apparently lives the moral life and has a mask that people want to show to others, and Mr Hyde lives out a side of ourselves we like to deny and don't want others to see.
The novel places much emphasis on the use of a drug -- and perhaps alcohol. It's not clear what Dr Jekyll's sins are and Mr Hyde may act very badly because he becomes drunk.
Dr Jekyll concocts a drug that transforms him into Mr Hyde. The drug causes him to look and to act completely differently from the way the world supposes he is capable of. Jekyll starts off slowly with this drug, but gradually he loses control of it -- or himself.
He becomes addicted to being Hyde, and the addiction is so strong that transformations to Hyde begins to take pace even without his using the drug i. There is also a strong emphasis on cruelty and sex in the novel.
When Jekyll hides Hyde away, and when Hyde prepares an apartment for someone whose sex we are not told, it may be that Stevenson is hinting at homosexuality. It may also be that Hyde simply keeps a woman as his mistress in a brothel. There are hints of masturbation and other behavior blood is found all over the place wherever Hyde has sex with women which suggests sexual transgressions and deviations from what people consider a 'norm' of sexual and social activity.
Mary Reilly is much more realistic, psychological and sociological in its approach to the same story we find in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Stevenson presents his story almost mythically andmorally and philosphically; in Stevenson's brief tale, the fantasy element dominates more and is not explained away at all though we could believe Jekyll made it all up.Mary Reilly Based on the novel by Valerie Martin, this gothic suspense story offers a fresh perspective on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror tale Dr.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by presenting the material from a different viewpoint -- that of Mary Reilly /5. Mary Reilly is a variation on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr.
Jekyll and Mr Hyde (), a classic study of good and evil. Born and reared in Calvinist Edinburgh, Stevenson rebelled against his Puritan upbringing and, as a young man, led a Bohemian life, sometimes consorting with harlots.
Analysis of Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin The book Mary Reilly is the sequel to the famous The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
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Hyde. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a stark, ingeniously woven, engaging novel. with Valerie Martins' Mary Reilly July 22, English B Gothics and Ghosts, Realism and Romance Question # 16f The Class System in The Two Novels by Jennifer Klopsis The First Three Parts, or Introductory Framing and Context.
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in . Mary Reilly, by Valerie Martin, tells the story of Mary Reilly, a housemaid in Dr Jekyll's home. Mary feels secure in Dr Jekyll's home, after an abusive upbringing, but is constantly usurped by Mr Hyde.
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