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Commonplace Book Entry 3/4/20: Jekyll and Hyde

Commonplace Book Entry 3/4/20: Jekyll and Hyde

“With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to that truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two” (76). The characters in the novel manifest characteristics of the structural theory of the mind. Mr. Hyde would seem easily recognizable as the id, seeking instant gratification, having an aggressive instinct, and having no moral…

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ENG 420 QCQ #6: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde pg. 31-77

ENG 420 QCQ #6: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde pg. 31-77

Quote: “Mr. Hyde was pale and dwarfish, he gave an impression of deformity without any nameable malformation, he had a displeasing smile, he had borne himself to the lawyer with a sort of murderous mixture of timidity and boldness, and he spoke with a husky, whispering and somewhat broken voice; all these were points against him, but not all of these together could explain the hitherto unknown disgust, loathing and fear with which Mr. Utterson regarded him. ‘There must be…

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ENG 420 Commonplace Book Entry 2/26: Discovering Primary Sources

ENG 420 Commonplace Book Entry 2/26: Discovering Primary Sources

I chose to examine the “Eighteenth report of the directors of the Dundee Lunatic Asylum, for the year ending 31st May, 1838.” There are 32 pages included in what I assume to be a small booklet. It is typed and includes many lists and tables as well as information in paragraph format. The document begins by providing an overview of the purpose of the lunatic asylum and the benefits of a new and more humane approach to patient care over…

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ENG 420 QCQ #5: Jane Eyre Ch. 32-Conclusion

ENG 420 QCQ #5: Jane Eyre Ch. 32-Conclusion

Quote: “As his curate, his comrade, all would be right…my body would be under rather a stringent yoke, but my heart and mind would be free. I should still have my unlighted self to turn to: my natural unenslaved feelings with which to communicate in moments of loneliness. There would be recesses in my mind which would be only mine, to which he never came…but as his wife—at his side always, and always restrained, and always checked—forced to keep the…

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ENG 420 QCQ #3: Jane Eyre Ch. 1-12

ENG 420 QCQ #3: Jane Eyre Ch. 1-12

Quote: “‘My dear children,’ pursued the black marble clergyman, with pathos, ‘this is a sad, a melancholy occasion; for it becomes my duty to warn you, that this girl, who might be one of God’s own lambs, is a little castaway: not a member of the true flock, but evidently an interloper and an alien. You must be on your guard against her; you must shun her example: if necessary, avoid her company, exclude her from your sports, and shut…

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ENG 420 QCQ #2: Frankenstein Ch. 11-24

ENG 420 QCQ #2: Frankenstein Ch. 11-24

Quote: “I shuddered when I thought of the possible consequences of my consent; but I felt that there was some justice in his argument. His tale, and the feelings he now expressed, proved him to be a creature of fine sensations; and did I not, as his maker, owe him all the portion of happiness that it was in my power to bestow?” (129). Comment: This quote is expressed by Victor as he contemplates his monster’s request to build a…

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QCQ #1: Cohen’s “Seven Theses” and the Contemporary Monster

QCQ #1: Cohen’s “Seven Theses” and the Contemporary Monster

Because I’m excited for UNE’s upcoming spring musical, I will try to examine Cohen’s theses through the embodiment of the contemporary “monsters” depicted in Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy’s 2010 musical, Heathers: the Musical. Based on the classic 1988 film, Heathers takes place at your average American large, nasty, clique-ridden high school. The opening scene displays just about every recurrent theme from classic movies about classic high schools: teasing, bullying, polarized and isolated groups of jocks, geeks, and burnouts, and…

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