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Comparisons of Psychosis and Split Personalities
The occurrences and opinions of murder have long been apart of many topics in our every day lives. It is found in our music, literature, and media especially. Killings have been found in many genres, including mystery, popular, and horror. The genre of horror is especially where this topic delves deep into. Two books that exemplify senseless, horrific killings are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and Psycho by Robert Bloch. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Psycho share similar themes of psychosis acted out through brutal, serialized killings to purge the character own sense of guilt and shame.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novel published in 1886 in the United Kingdom. It is about a friendly doctor, Dr. Henry Jekyll, and his other malevolent personality, Mr. Edward Hyde. The story tells about how Dr. Jekyll takes a potion that turns him into Mr. Hyde during the night. “Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde demonstrates that “good” and “evil” can exist within a single person” (Nuckols). While he is Mr. Hyde, his conscience is guilt free and he brutishly kills people. In the day time though, that man is Dr. Jekyll. He is accepted by society, and is very friendly and humble. However, as he starts to take more of this potion he concocted, his personalities start becoming more uncontrollable. As he starts to become more unpredictable, he starts killing even more civilians. Eventually it becomes so bad that Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde becomes a recluse and then kills himself. Some of Dr. Jekyll’s friends find his body dead on the ground in his laboratory, with a letter that explained the whole incident with the irregular transformations and the power of his incomplete potion. The novel ends with this.

Psycho is a novel published in 1959 in the United States. It tells about a man, Norman Bates, and his secluded life running a lonely motel with his puritanical mother. Norman’s mother...
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