International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 3(3), pp. 90-95,  March, 2015

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2015.025

Review Paper

The Divergent Path Within and Without: A Psychoanalytic, Neo-Marxist Study of Jekyll and Hyde


Elmira Molaii, Advisors: Dr. Farideh Pourgiv and Dr. Parvin Ghasemi


M.A. Student of English Language and Literature, Shiraz University, Iran.

Corresponding authorís email address: e.molaii@yahoo.com.


Accepted 22 March 2015




Robert Louis Stevensonís highly acknowledged novel has been analyzed more often than not as a binary dichotomy of good and evil pointing toward condemnation of Hyde as the inferior double to be cast aside one way or another. To the contrary, herein, Hyde is granted more attention as the repressed voice of the self which is curbed either by internalization of the restrictive forces or by direct and more conscious exterior forces of the law. To this end, the present paper deals with the cause of this duality characteristic of Dr. Jekyll as a serious trauma which arises mainly out of paucity of balance and harmony between the fighting poles involved, and by adopting the theories of Sigmund Freud, Jacque Lacan and Louis Althusser, based on psychological and ideological circumstances, argues that Hyde is evidently the revolution of the self against the Other.

Keywords: Hyde, Repressed Voice, Freud, Lacan, Althusser, Revolution, Self, Other.


Cite This Article As: Molaii E, Pourgiv F, Ghasemi P (2015). The Divergent Path Within and Without: A Psychoanalytic, Neo-Marxist Study of Jekyll and Hyde. Inter. J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 3(3): 90-95




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