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Comparisons to Jekyll and Hyde?

Discussion in 'The Shining' started by wazowski, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. wazowski

    wazowski Member

    Do you think writing a comparative essay about "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "The Shining" would be appropriate?
    Specifically about the representation of evil?
    Examples would be appreciated :) Jack Torrance starts off as a normal guy but the evil within him comes out, tying in with Jekyll and Hyde which says everyone has some evil inside them.
    I also think talking about duality of characters - with Danny and Tony as example - would be interesting, but this is pretty much all I can think of at the moment.

    Thank you :)

    p.s how often does Stephen King himself look here? Because a response from him would be unbelievably helpful!! I won't get my hopes up though..
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  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Honestly not sure how often he peeks in but he doesn't respond personally to questions or comments although he has answered through me the ones I've sent on to him.
  3. wazowski

    wazowski Member

    Would you mind sending this on?? No worries if you can't :)
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  4. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome and keep posting

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I think that would make an interesting essay...not a sleep inducing one...
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  6. Mr. Cranky

    Mr. Cranky Well-Known Member

    I've found out who it is pretending to be Stephen King coming on this website but I'm not saying. I think he check's his website every second day for about one hour. I don't know if a comparison with those two books can be made. After all, Dr. Jekyll was taking a potion.
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  7. wazowski

    wazowski Member

    This isn't an essay I'm writing for fun ok
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  8. wazowski

    wazowski Member

    Even if the ways in which the evil came out in the two different books was different, could I compare what happens after that? Like with the examples given.
    If not, I'll be comparing Jekyll and Hyde with Lord Of The Flies:(
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...so was Jack, it's called "alcohol"...and WTH are you talking about man?...."pretending to be SK"?....
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....seriously?...I was complimenting you-and as a reader and author of many an essay over the years, I feel I'm a pretty good judge of what makes for not only an entertaining but also educational treatise...so pull the attitude back....ok?......
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  11. wazowski

    wazowski Member

    I thought you were being sarcastic omg SORRY
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  12. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    misunderstanding, all is well.
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  13. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    I think it's a stretch, but might be easier than comparing it to Lord of the Flies; I don't see any points of comparison there. Are these your only choices? I.E., is the assignment to compare J&H to something, or is a classic lit course where you can use anything? If that's the case, there are much stronger comparisons to be made between Frankenstein and Revival. Actually, I think comparisons between J&H and Revival could be made pretty easily, as well.
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  14. wazowski

    wazowski Member

    It could be anything theoretically, but since lotf and j&h are the texts we read in class and are suggested to use, that's what most people are going for. The teacher said at least one of them has got to be before the 18th century.
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  15. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    With that guideline, another intersting comparison is between Frankenstein and Of Mice and Men. :) But I get what you're saying: you want to use a book you've discussed in class. If you're sure you want to use a SK book and you've read it, I think points of comparison between Revival and Jekyll & Hyde might be easier to find. Though, as GNTLGNT said, Jack's use of alcohol could be compared to Jekyll's potion, that leaves out the influence of the hotel--it's not just the alcohol that acts on Jack, KWIM? Both books do use the 'Werewolf' archetype, but Revival fits more neatly.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...it's all good in the hood....
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    [​IMG] :biggrin2:
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

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  19. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Unknown.jpeg ;)
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  20. summer_sky

    summer_sky Well-Known Member

    Ok, my curiosity compels me...
    How exactly did you come to "find out" this piece of information?
    Is this community member to whom you allude actually and deliberately perpetrating a ruse for whatever purposes...
    or is it simply your own imagination and hopes that SK is using an alias persona to read and interact with his website's forum community members?

    Re: Jekyll and Hyde
    Do not we all, to some extend, have a Jekyll and Hyde aspect to our identity? Isn't this a regular theme of the human condition that King's writings confront/highlight?
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