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The Transforming Draught: Jekyll and Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson and the Victorian Alcohol Debate Thomas L. Reed Jr.

The Transforming Draught: Jekyll and Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson and the Victorian Alcohol Debate

Thomas L. Reed Jr.

Published August 1st 2006
ISBN : 9780786426485
Paperback
258 pages
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This book investigates Stevensons Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as an allegory of alcoholism?an interpretation that cultural change and the storys renown have perhaps obscured. The author examines patterns of language, plot,MoreThis book investigates Stevensons Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as an allegory of alcoholism?an interpretation that cultural change and the storys renown have perhaps obscured. The author examines patterns of language, plot, characterization and imagery to reveal how drink figures as the storys subtext. Early chapters establish the storys literal references to strong drink and its metaphors regarding alcohol. The focus then shifts to drinking in Stevensons life, the sociology of drink in Victorian Britain, and the portrayal of alcohol in literature, including Stevensons other works. Possible real-life models for the Jekyll-Hyde character are explored. Subsequent chapters examine the history of Britains temperance movement, scenes that arose from Stevensons dreams, how the temperance movement and industrial development may have influenced the story, and the storys interpretation in Stevensons time. An appendix further investigates elements of Stevensons language.