Seek What Hides: The Shadow: Background information when reading Hyde

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    Mar 2014, 416 pages
    Apr 2015, 304 pages

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Seek What Hides: The Shadow

Richard Mansfield as Jekyll/HydeRobert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Daniel Levine's Hyde deal with the experience of fragmentation or alienation in our human experience. This is not a new insight, but one that has baffled humanity for millennia. Plato saw two worlds - one ideal, good, and true, and the other material, limiting, and ultimately false. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, speaks of what he feels to be two persons struggling within: "What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise." (Romans 7:15 MSG) The search for one's true self has pervaded literature, both in the East and West. In the Western tradition, the answer to the haunting question "who am I?" creates Oedipus's tragic awakening and Dante's journey through the whole human psyche. Shakespeare's characters, from Hamlet to Macbeth and Lear, search for some authentic self in the midst of darkness and ...

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