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The book Mary Reilly is the sequel to the famous The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a
stark, ingeniously woven, engaging novel. That tells the disturbing tale of the dual
personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, his is
preoccupied with the problems of good and evil and with the possibility of separating
them into two distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the
demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts all the latent evil in his nature. He also
creates an antidote that will restore him into his respectable existence as Dr. Jekyll.
Gradually, however, the unmitigated evil of his darker self predominates, until finally he
performs an atrocious murder. His saner self determines to curtail those alternations of
personality, but he discovers that he is losing control over his transformations, that he
slips with increasing frequency into the world of evil. Finally, unable to procure one of
the ingredients for the mixture of redemption, and on the verge of being discovered, he
commits suicide. Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin, is a powerful and moving novel. It takes
the story Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, and gives a fresh take on the distinguished Dr. Henry
Jekyll and the nefarious Mr. Edward Hyde. It is told through the psyche of a Victorian
servant named Mary Reilly. The book's structure purports to be Mary Reilly's diary. The
entries articulate Mary Reilly's feelings and experiences while in service for Dr. Henry
Jekyll, and how she often empathizes with Dr. Jekyll on his afflictions which she cannot
comprehend. As the book progresses Mary Reilly continuously comments on her Masters
every changing state of health. Towards the end of the book her mother passes away
leaving Mary in grief. Soon after this personal catastrophe, she encounters Mr. Hyde
while looking around out side. In this confrontation Mary is bitten on the shoulder by
Hyde and is near death when Hyde abruptly ceases his frenzy. Not long after this the
body of Mr. Hyde is found dead in Jekyll's laboratory. Naturally two books related to
each other in this way have their similarities and differences in certain areas. Most of the
similarities between both books fall in the areas of historical correctness and actual
happenings to characters. In terms of historical correctness, the abundance of historical
detail is purely authentic. The only flaw, which I look at more as comic relief is the
mention of Mary using an Omnibus to get across town. Due to the fact that Mary Reilly
was so meticulously crafted, the events in the book were in compliance with Stevenson's
original. Despite the books' many similarities, there is also a presence of differences,
especially in the areas of writing style, the narrator's point of view, and the significance
of certain characters. The writing style of Stevenson in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of
extreme articulation, and elaborence, and is more difficult to interpret, one, because of
the time he was writing in, and two, because it uses very complex words. The writing
style of Valerie Martin in Mary Reilly is a complete contrast from Stevenson's style.
Martin's writing, while articulate, is much easier to interpret. Martin does not use the
kinds of difficult sentence structures and complex words that Stevenson used,
furthermore, it is more subtle. Another major difference between Martin and Stevenson's
books is the point of view of the narrator. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the story is told
through two different views at different times. In the beginning the story is told through
the eyes of someone looking down into the story. But as time progresses the character
Mr. Enfield takes over, this narrative switch takes place throughout the book. However,
in Mary Reilly the story is told through the eyes of Mary Reilly. Valerie Martin has done
an astonishing job in keeping the events and people in her novel in sync with the events
and people originally depicted by Stevenson. However, because Mary Reilly is focused
on the character Mary Reilly instead of being focused on Dr., Jeckyl, like in Stevenson's
novel, some character's have changed such as Dr. Jeckyl, Mr. Hyde, Poole, Cook, and of-
course, Mary Reilly. Meaning that when characters were described, what was said, how it
was said, and what effect it had on the reader, is different. Dr. Jeckyl is a significant
character in both Stevenson's and Martin's books. However, Dr. Jeckyl is represented
differently in each book. In Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll comes across as a once
kindly Doctor, wealthy and content with life, that abruptly turned cold, and became a
scientific man engrossed in metaphysics, who obsesses over the principles of dual human
nature. Stevenson represented this view best from the following excerpt from the book,
"But it is more than ten years since Henry Jekyll became too fanciful for me. He began to
go wrong, wrong in mind; and although I continue to take an interest in him for old sake's
sake, as they say, I see and I have seen devilish little of the man." This excerpt said that
Dr. Jekyll did indeed, have an unfortunate change of character, and that when this change
was noticed, the ones closest to him greeted it with despondency. The excerpt was
expressed by Dr. Lanyon when sadly looking back on the collapse of his as well as Mr.
Enfield's, relationship with Henry Jekyll. When I came across this quote I felt as if I was
reading about a lost soul. I realized what a tragedy it was for such a scholarly and
cultured man to be wasted on a mere obsession, instead of using his talents to help
humanity. Nonetheless in the book Mary Reilly Dr. Jekyll is represented as a once well
known philanthropist and doctor, who secretly has an obsession with his scientific
investigations, an obsession which progressively deteriorates his health, and eventually
weakens him to the point of bedridden exhaustion. Valerie Martin is not able to portray
this view properly in a single excerpt from the book, rather she needs two excerpts in
order in most excellently portray Jekyll. The first excerpt in the book is as follows, "It
was a wonder to me that the master noticed my scars, as I was on my knees blackening
the grate and black to my elbows, but he is an observant gentleman and perhaps he had
noticed them some earlier time. He was sitting across the room from me in his leather
reading chair, not even facing me but to one side and absorbed, so I imagined, in
pursuing some scientific treatise." This quite lengthy excerpt said many things about
Jekyll, first, when Mary said that Master (Dr. Jekyll) might have noticed her scars at an
earlier time, it suggests that he was a considerate man, in that he mentioned the scar while
they were alone rather than causing Mary any embarrassment in front of others. Second,
the excerpt as you can see states that he was a gentleman, this is significant because it
means that he also was polite to his servants. As you know the excerpt is taken from the
part when Mary Reilly is looking back on the time when Master notices her scar. It seems
to be stated with some confusion almost as if the situation puts Mary in a state of
uncalled-for amazement. The excerpt was very effective in explaining elements of
Jekyll's persona. I found it interesting how such subtle thing could be interpreted as an
explanation of one's psyche. It left me with a basis of understanding that would allow me
to, as the book progressed, further under stand Jekyll's character. The second excerpt
needed to best describe Jekyll's character is, "That night Mr. Poole told us that Master
had made himself ill from too much study and hardly touching his food, so for two days
he did not leave his bed." This except said that Jekyll was deeply involved in his work, so
to the point of it coming before health in terms of priorities. This quote is stated in a way
that suggests Jekyll's deteriorating health has become the norm in the house, and
surprisingly is not looked upon as life threatening. Because of how this quote was said, it
leaves me to think that Jekyll's downward spiral will be down hill from then on, making
me feel badly for Mary rather than Jekyll because it seems as if Mary cares more about
Master then the Master cares for himself. In all three excerpts concerning Dr. Jekyll's
character, what was actually said was close to the same, the difference resting in the fact
that Lanyon was a friend and Reilly was a servant. When Lanyon was describing Jekyll
he was talking from the position of an equal individual, however when Reilly was
describing she was talking from the position of a lesser individual. This was due to the
fact that Mary's mind had been molded into that of a servant, a mind that looked at the
Master as a superior and themselves as an inferior. Ultimately, the largest difference
between the two excerpts was the effect that each had on the reader. Lanyon's comments
left me felling very sad, while Reilly's left me feeling as if I was in an emotional limbo.
Like Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde is a significant character in both books, this of course is due to
the fact that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are the same people. Yet, Mr. Hyde is represented
diversely in each book. In Stevenson's writing the malevolent Hyde is a seldom seen,
mysterious man, who is often associated with evil, and who is charged of brutality on a
little girl and the murder of Sir Danvers Carew. Also, Hyde happens to have a number of
puzzling connections to Dr. Henry Jekyll, specifically, next of kin position in Jekyll's
will, possible assistant to Jekyll, and an individual that is often seen in Jekyll's house.
This description of Hyde is represented exceptionally in the following excerpt,
"Particularly small and particularly wicked." This excerpt said what kind of impression
Hyde gave to other people about himself, the being small and wicked. The excerpt which
was taken from the maid's description of Hyde, was said with an underlying fear. I
assume this is the fear people receive upon seeing Hyde. The excerpt was a great concise
way to describe Hyde's character, this is because I believe that the feeling of fear the
maid had is one that the reader can identify with, making its effect on the reader even
greater. The character Hyde is represented more vividly in the book Mary Reilly, this is
because you come face to face with Hyde's rage and evil. In Mary Reilly Hyde is at first
the mysterious new assistant to Jekyll who is not describe in any length. However, as the
book progresses more and more is observed about Hyde, ultimately Hyde is represented
as a brutal young man of indecisive origins and intentions. The excerpt from the book
that best describes Hyde is as follows, "He frowned and that dark look come into his eyes
which is so dangerous, bored and impatient and full of hatred, and why he should hate me
I cannot say." This excerpt said that Hyde's true nature was solely evil and that it was
mindless irrational evil. The excerpt was taken from the part when Mary is being attacked
by Hyde, Mary's comment is said as if she knew that Hyde's evil was without reason, but
she could not why anyone would be so deranged. When I read this excerpt I was taken by
how immense Hyde's evil really was, and how senseless his rage was. Moreover, it made
me wonder how evil an individual's bad side could be. Both excerpts gave us a view of
Hyde's madness, and how he was perceived by people. However, the excerpt from Mary
Reilly had a greater effect on me because it was so intense. In both books Mr. Poole
played the part of Dr. Henry Jekyll's devoted servant. However, the degree to which his
character was described was different in each book. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mr.
Poole comes across as Dr. Jekyll's long time servant, who is very much a part of Jekyll's
life, but is awkwardly unknowing to Jekyll's personality alterations. Poole in terms of
importance to the story does not have much, and despite the fact he appears nearly every
other page, he is basically an insignificant character, although occasionally he will have a
line of aggravation if his master is in a questionable position. Stevenson describes Poole's
character best in the excerpt, "Hold you tongue, said Poole with a ferocity of accent that
testified to his own jangled nerves." This excerpt said that while, most of the time he was
calm, Poole could if need be speak out. Poole said the line with the intention to protect
his master. This was the first time that I had seen Poole lash out like that, line effected my
view of the story because it suggested unpredictability. Poole's role and representation of
character is very different in Mary Reilly. Poole's character is now portrayed as the
pompous butler. Valerie Martin best described this view of character by writing, "The
next morning I was washing the front steps when Mr. Poole came out the door and spoke
to me very coldly. "The Master has sent for you to come to the drawing room," he said ,
and I knew he was displeased and suspicious, for Master never pays much attention to
servants, and hardly knows their names, or so it seems, though that may be partly due to
how determined Mr. Poole is to keep Master from any bother having to do with the house
and what a free rein has over everything that goes on, including who is hired and let go."
This long excerpt says that Poole monopolizes the master's attention, and has influence
over the whole house and every thing in it, except for Master. Mary Reilly explained this
sort-of servant dictatorship as if she accepted it, not because she had to, but because she
was taught to. This excerpt made me feel badly for Mary Reilly because it showed that
Mary was content with her life. This is upsetting to me because I think that Mary had
potential to be a successful writer rather then a servant. Each excerpt said a totally
different thing about the character Poole. Because of the difference of narrator in the
descriptions how the excerpts were said is not relevant. Lastly, the effect on the reader for
each excerpt was very different in that one suggested a quite professional, and the other a
pompous dictator. The character Mary Reilly is represented almost completely differently
in each book. In Mary Reilly Valerie Martin elevates a bit player into a star. There is a
maid in Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, that is more obscure than the
sleaze ball courtiers in Hamlet, she is seen once represented by her only mention as,
"Whimpering." However as the eponymous heroine of Mary Reilly, she gets a name and
a voice, but otherwise has little to do beyond empathizing with Master over an illness that
she cannot comprehend. She is also a character dealing with the horror of having an
alcoholic father as a child. Valerie Martin is able to best represent a connection between
her father and the book in the following excerpt, "Please sir. Don't do this." This excerpt
is from when Hyde bites her on the neck, it is the same line that is seen in the begging of
the book when Mary's father puts her in a cabinet with a bag of rats. The connection is
between Hyde and Mary's father. This line had a great effect on me because it showed me
how such a tragic childhood can be present in the sub-conscience of the mind. The book
Mary Reilly had many changes from its originator Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, some of the
changes were for the good and some for the bad. In conclusion I believe that the majority
of the changes in Mary Reilly were for the better, which leads me personally to believe
that Mary Reilly is a more enjoyable book than Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. However, I still
believe that Stevenson's novel was and will always be a classic. Morgan Levy
Comparison Essay The book Mary Reilly is the sequel to the famous The Strange Case of
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis
Stevenson, is a stark, ingeniously woven, engaging novel. That tells the disturbing tale of
the dual personality of Dr. Jekyll, a physician. A generous and philanthropic man, his is
preoccupied with the problems of good and evil and with the possibility of separating
them into two distinct personalities. He develops a drug that transforms him into the
demonic Mr. Hyde, in whose person he exhausts all the latent evil in his nature. He also
creates an antidote that will restore him into his respectable existence as Dr. Jekyll.
Gradually, however, the unmitigated evil of his darker self predominates, until finally he
performs an atrocious murder. His saner self determines to curtail those alternations of
personality, but he discovers that he is losing control over his transformations, that he
slips with increasing frequency into the world of evil. Finally, unable to procure one of
the ingredients for the mixture of redemption, and on the verge of being discovered, he
commits suicide. Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin, is a powerful and moving novel. It takes
the story Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, and gives a fresh take on the distinguished Dr. Henry
Jekyll and the nefarious Mr. Edward Hyde. It is told through the psyche of a Victorian
servant named Mary Reilly. The book's structure purports to be Mary Reilly's diary. The
entries articulate Mary Reilly's feelings and experiences while in service for Dr. Henry
Jekyll, and how she often empathizes with Dr. Jekyll on his afflictions which she cannot
comprehend. As the book progresses Mary Reilly continuously comments on her Masters
every changing state of health. Towards the end of the book her mother passes away
leaving Mary in grief. Soon after this personal catastrophe, she encounters Mr. Hyde
while looking around out side. In this confrontation Mary is bitten on the shoulder by
Hyde and is near death when Hyde abruptly ceases his frenzy. Not long after this the
body of Mr. Hyde is found dead in Jekyll's laboratory. Naturally two books related to
each other in this way have their similarities and differences in certain areas. Most of the
similarities between both books fall in the areas of historical correctness and actual
happenings to characters. In terms of historical correctness, the abundance of historical
detail is purely authentic. The only flaw, which I look at more as comic relief is the
mention of Mary using an Omnibus to get across town. Due to the fact that Mary Reilly
was so meticulously crafted, the events in the book were in compliance with Stevenson's
original. Despite the books' many similarities, there is also a presence of differences,
especially in the areas of writing style, the narrator's point of view, and the significance
of certain characters. The writing style of Stevenson in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of
extreme articulation, and elaborence, and is more difficult to interpret, one, because of
the time he was writing in, and two, because it uses very complex words. The writing
style of Valerie Martin in Mary Reilly is a complete contrast from Stevenson's style.
Martin's writing, while articulate, is much easier to interpret. Martin does not use the
kinds of difficult sentence structures and complex words that Stevenson used,
furthermore, it is more subtle. Another major difference between Martin and Stevenson's
books is the point of view of the narrator. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the story is told
through two different views at different times. In the beginning the story is told through
the eyes of someone looking down into the story. But as time progresses the character
Mr. Enfield takes over, this narrative switch takes place throughout the book. However,
in Mary Reilly the story is told through the eyes of Mary Reilly. Valerie Martin has done
an astonishing job in keeping the events and people in her novel in sync with the events
and people originally depicted by Stevenson. However, because Mary Reilly is focused
on the character Mary Reilly instead of being focused on Dr., Jeckyl, like in Stevenson's
novel, some character's have changed such as Dr. Jeckyl, Mr. Hyde, Poole, Cook, and of-
course, Mary Reilly. Meaning that when characters were described, what was said, how it
was said, and what effect it had on the reader, is different. Dr. Jeckyl is a significant
character in both Stevenson's and Martin's books. However, Dr. Jeckyl is represented
differently in each book. In Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll comes across as a once
kindly Doctor, wealthy and content with life, that abruptly turned cold, and became a
scientific man engrossed in metaphysics, who obsesses over the principles of dual human
nature. Stevenson represented this view best from the following excerpt from the book,
"But it is more than ten years since Henry Jekyll became too fanciful for me. He began to
go wrong, wrong in mind; and although I continue to take an interest in him for old sake's
sake, as they say, I see and I have seen devilish little of the man." This excerpt said that
Dr. Jekyll did indeed, have an unfortunate change of character, and that when this change
was noticed, the ones closest to him greeted it with despondency. The excerpt was
expressed by Dr. Lanyon when sadly looking back on the collapse of his as well as Mr.
Enfield's, relationship with Henry Jekyll. When I came across this quote I felt as if I was
reading about a lost soul. I realized what a tragedy it was for such a scholarly and
cultured man to be wasted on a mere obsession, instead of using his talents to help
humanity. Nonetheless in the book Mary Reilly Dr. Jekyll is represented as a once well
known philanthropist and doctor, who secretly has an obsession with his scientific
investigations, an obsession which progressively deteriorates his health, and eventually
weakens him to the point of bedridden exhaustion. Valerie Martin is not able to portray
this view properly in a single excerpt from the book, rather she needs two excerpts in
order in most excellently portray Jekyll. The first excerpt in the book is as follows, "It
was a wonder to me that the master noticed my scars, as I was on my knees blackening
the grate and black to my elbows, but he is an observant gentleman and perhaps he had
noticed them some earlier time. He was sitting across the room from me in his leather
reading chair, not even facing me but to one side and absorbed, so I imagined, in
pursuing some scientific treatise." This quite lengthy excerpt said many things about
Jekyll, first, when Mary said that Master (Dr. Jekyll) might have noticed her scars at an
earlier time, it suggests that he was a considerate man, in that he mentioned the scar while
they were alone rather than causing Mary any embarrassment in front of others. Second,
the excerpt as you can see states that he was a gentleman, this is significant because it
means that he also was polite to his servants. As you know the excerpt is taken from the
part when Mary Reilly is looking back on the time when Master notices her scar. It seems
to be stated with some confusion almost as if the situation puts Mary in a state of
uncalled-for amazement. The excerpt was very effective in explaining elements of
Jekyll's persona. I found it interesting how such subtle thing could be interpreted as an
explanation of one's psyche. It left me with a basis of understanding that would allow me
to, as the book progressed, further under stand Jekyll's character. The second excerpt
needed to best describe Jekyll's character is, "That night Mr. Poole told us that Master
had made himself ill from too much study and hardly touching his food, so for two days
he did not leave his bed." This except said that Jekyll was deeply involved in his work, so
to the point of it coming before health in terms of priorities. This quote is stated in a way
that suggests Jekyll's deteriorating health has become the norm in the house, and
surprisingly is not looked upon as life threatening. Because of how this quote was said, it
leaves me to think that Jekyll's downward spiral will be down hill from then on, making
me feel badly for Mary rather than Jekyll because it seems as if Mary cares more about
Master then the Master cares for himself. In all three excerpts concerning Dr. Jekyll's
character, what was actually said was close to the same, the difference resting in the fact
that Lanyon was a friend and Reilly was a servant. When Lanyon was describing Jekyll
he was talking from the position of an equal individual, however when Reilly was
describing she was talking from the position of a lesser individual. This was due to the
fact that Mary's mind had been molded into that of a servant, a mind that looked at the
Master as a superior and themselves as an inferior. Ultimately, the largest difference
between the two excerpts was the effect that each had on the reader. Lanyon's comments
left me felling very sad, while Reilly's left me feeling as if I was in an emotional limbo.
Like Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde is a significant character in both books, this of course is due to
the fact that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are the same people. Yet, Mr. Hyde is represented
diversely in each book. In Stevenson's writing the malevolent Hyde is a seldom seen,
mysterious man, who is often associated with evil, and who is charged of brutality on a
little girl and the murder of Sir Danvers Carew. Also, Hyde happens to have a number of
puzzling connections to Dr. Henry Jekyll, specifically, next of kin position in Jekyll's
will, possible assistant to Jekyll, and an individual that is often seen in Jekyll's house.
This description of Hyde is represented exceptionally in the following excerpt,
"Particularly small and particularly wicked." This excerpt said what kind of impression
Hyde gave to other people about himself, the being small and wicked. The excerpt which
was taken from the maid's description of Hyde, was said with an underlying fear. I
assume this is the fear people receive upon seeing Hyde. The excerpt was a great concise
way to describe Hyde's character, this is because I believe that the feeling of fear the
maid had is one that the reader can identify with, making its effect on the reader even
greater. The character Hyde is represented more vividly in the book Mary Reilly, this is
because you come face to face with Hyde's rage and evil. In Mary Reilly Hyde is at first
the mysterious new assistant to Jekyll who is not describe in any length. However, as the
book progresses more and more is observed about Hyde, ultimately Hyde is represented
as a brutal young man of indecisive origins and intentions. The excerpt from the book
that best describes Hyde is as follows, "He frowned and that dark look come into his eyes
which is so dangerous, bored and impatient and full of hatred, and why he should hate me
I cannot say." This excerpt said that Hyde's true nature was solely evil and that it was
mindless irrational evil. The excerpt was taken from the part when Mary is being attacked
by Hyde, Mary's comment is said as if she knew that Hyde's evil was without reason, but
she could not why anyone would be so deranged. When I read this excerpt I was taken by
how immense Hyde's evil really was, and how senseless his rage was. Moreover, it made
me wonder how evil an individual's bad side could be. Both excerpts gave us a view of
Hyde's madness, and how he was perceived by people. However, the excerpt from Mary
Reilly had a greater effect on me because it was so intense. In both books Mr. Poole
played the part of Dr. Henry Jekyll's devoted servant. However, the degree to which his
character was described was different in each book. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mr.
Poole comes across as Dr. Jekyll's long time servant, who is very much a part of Jekyll's
life, but is awkwardly unknowing to Jekyll's personality alterations. Poole in terms of
importance to the story does not have much, and despite the fact he appears nearly every
other page, he is basically an insignificant character, although occasionally he will have a
line of aggravation if his master is in a questionable position. Stevenson describes Poole's
character best in the excerpt, "Hold you tongue, said Poole with a ferocity of accent that
testified to his own jangled nerves." This excerpt said that while, most of the time he was
calm, Poole could if need be speak out. Poole said the line with the intention to protect
his master. This was the first time that I had seen Poole lash out like that, line effected my
view of the story because it suggested unpredictability. Poole's role and representation of
character is very different in Mary Reilly. Poole's character is now portrayed as the
pompous butler. Valerie Martin best described this view of character by writing, "The
next morning I was washing the front steps when Mr. Poole came out the door and spoke
to me very coldly. "The Master has sent for you to come to the drawing room," he said ,
and I knew he was displeased and suspicious, for Master never pays much attention to
servants, and hardly knows their names, or so it seems, though that may be partly due to
how determined Mr. Poole is to keep Master from any bother having to do with the house
and what a free rein has over everything that goes on, including who is hired and let go."
This long excerpt says that Poole monopolizes the master's attention, and has influence
over the whole house and every thing in it, except for Master. Mary Reilly explained this
sort-of servant dictatorship as if she accepted it, not because she had to, but because she
was taught to. This excerpt made me feel badly for Mary Reilly because it showed that
Mary was content with her life. This is upsetting to me because I think that Mary had
potential to be a successful writer rather then a servant. Each excerpt said a totally
different thing about the character Poole. Because of the difference of narrator in the
descriptions how the excerpts were said is not