British Literature, response 1 student’s discussion

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Please write a response to 1 student’s discussion, 100 words.

Student discussion:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is an absolutely terrifyingly accurate piece of fiction. Jekyll’s statement that “man is not truly one, but truly two” seems to be the theme throughout this entire novella. The obvious part would be Dr. Jekyll and his other side Mr. Hyde, who are physically different people. “then came the horrible part of the thing; for the man trampled calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground…He was perfectly cool and made no resistance, but gave me one look, so ugly that it brought seat on me like running.” The duality of this situation is a grown man silently trampling a young innocent child who is screaming in terror. The writer could easily have used an adult but no an innocent pure little girl was used to compare to the violence of a grown man. “Dr. Lanyon and Dr. Jekyll who are supposedly good friends however on the other side they haven’t talked in years because of a small dispute. It begs the question if they are such good friends how could something so small break up a good friendship. Personally, I do think society is actually two sides such as Republicans and Democrats who are supposed to be for the good of the people yet the political parties create a rift between each other. Also for being a country that is so strongly based on religious freedom, there is a lot of blame laid on Christians for not accepting everyone yet these other religions do not accept Christianity. Everyone has two sides one with those they don’t know and one with those who they do know and trust. I personally don’t think they are as drastic as this stories case however I am not the same at work as I am at home.

The poem I chose is, “Dover Bitch” by Anthony Hecht which is a retort to the “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold. This is a poem from the view of the lady presented in “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold,

“So there stood Matthew Arnold and this girl

With the cliffs of England crumbling away behind them,

And he said to her, ‘Try to be true to me… etc., etc.”

This poem seems to be about the true feelings of a woman and how she willingly stood up against her man, “And then she said one or two unprintable things.” She seems to spit in the face of her lover when he confesses that they need to stay true to each other even though the world is crashing all around them. I found it hard to connect with this poem because you almost feel bad for Matthew. Rather than cling to him she has chosen to go to others to supply her needs rather than him. I think this was his last resort to try and win her back but unfortunately in this situation you can tell the lady does not want to work it out with her man. The interesting part in my personal opinion is she turns affection away for a torrent affair. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this poem to anyone because it wasn’t my favorite and really didn’t strike my fancy at all.

My Question: Do you think someone can survive in this world without having two different sides to themselves?

I thought I was of the Romantic era but I am actually of the Victorian era. My values are very tradition: family, God, and country. I believe you can get anywhere in life with hard work and dedication. I thought because I like nature and appreciate its beauty that I leaned more towards Romantic but I realized that the Victorian era was just more realistic. Overall I am a more realistic person and tend to lean away from the senseless love idea, but I am not opposed to love. I think that the Victorian lifestyle understood life better than the Romantic era.

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