Literature and Film

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In an essay of approximately 1,250-1,500 words, choose one of the following prompts and answer it in a fully developed academic essay. Do not use first or second person (I, me, my, mine, we, us, our, etc.) and spell out all contractions (can’t becomes cannot, won’t becomes will not, etc.) Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde explores the notion of man’s inherent duality within himself and also in society. Compare the use of the “double man” in Stevenson’s novella and either Poliodori’s The Vampyre or Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. What comment are the authors making about mankind and society? Do the films we have watched change the author’s message in any way? Both Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus have as their main characters a scientist who has sought to know the secrets of the universe. What position does each author take on the actions of his or her protagonist? (Think about what they seek to know, what they do with that knowledge, and the consequences of their actions). Do the films of each we have watched change the author’s message in any way?

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