The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde and Mary Reilly Paper

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Kenzie Jonkman
Mr. Hibdon
Psch. Lit. – 3rd Hour
Connections between The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Mary Reilly
Mary Reilly and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are very similar. Mary Reilly is based off the book so it shouldn’t surprise anyone how similar they are. There are only a few differences between the two but I think those differences make the movie better. One difference is the way the two are told. In the movie it is told through following Mary Reilly, one of the maids. In the book it follows many different people to explain what is really happening but also through a lawyer named Mr. Utterson. I think they changed this so it would make it more into a love story but still keeping it a mystery which would make people more intrigued to see what happens. This makes it less boring instead of just having a mystery going on. You also, get more attached to a character like Mary Reilly if it follows someone more closely rather than a group. In the movie Mary Reilly is the one who sees Mr. Hyde turn into Dr. Jekyll for the last time because Mr. Hyde poisons them, while in the book Dr. Lanyon is the only person other than themselves to see Mr. Hyde change into Dr. Jekyll. I think they changed this because in the movie it just adds to the love story and the horror of having to watch them change right before Dr. Jekyll’s lovers eyes. Another major change between the book and the movie is the language of them. The movie is much easier to understand not only because it gives you a visual of what’s going on but it also is worded much easier than the older novel. Most people can actually understand a lot better what is going on in the movie since they know what all the words mean unlike in the book where it can use words that are hard to understand for an average reader. I think this helps make the movie more interesting and more entertaining to watch too. Some things the book and the movie Mary Reilly have in...