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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology

  • The Bible: Cain’s heresy (1.1), Captives of Phillipi (10.8), Babylonian finger on the wall (10.15)
  • William Shakespeare: King Lear: "Strip off these lendings and plunge headlong into a sea of liberty" (10.10)

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