Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde is a classic that we cover in our Speculative Literature course for seniors. The novella works well because it’s brief and its influences are still prevalent today. We use The Dark Knight and connect the character of Harvey Dent (“Two Face”) to Dr. Jekyll. We also use The Joker as an archetype of evil and compare him to Mr. Hyde. The students enjoy the connections and see how the classics have influenced contemporary literature. Of course the novella also works well as an allegory for the dangers of drug abuse. I’ve attached a pdf with a list of projects we allow our students to choose from after we finish the book. The list includes: A Wanted Poster, An Argumentative Essay, A Newspaper Article, or Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment.

Jekyll:Hyde projects

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