Atavism

Topics: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Atavism, Atavistic regression Pages: 3 (997 words) Published: October 31, 2014
Atavism is the tendency to revert to ancestral type. In biology, an atavism is an evolutionary throwback, such as traits reappearing which had disappeared generations before.Atavisms can occur in several ways. In the social sciences, atavism is a cultural tendency—for example, people in the modern day reverting to the ways of thinking and acting of a past/former time.The word atavism is derived from the Latin atavus. An atavus is a great-great-great-grandfather or, more generally, an ancestor.

The theory of atavism greatly influenced ‘Jekyll & Hyde’. The unsettling, dwarfish appearance of Edward Hyde and the violent behaviour he exhibits are classic atavistic traits. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde examines the duality of human nature – the battle between the rational, intellectual side of humanity and its more primitive, atavistic nature.Atavism is the tendency to revert to ancestral type. In biology, an atavism is an evolutionary throwback, such as traits reappearing which had disappeared generations before.Atavisms can occur in several ways. In the social sciences, atavism is a cultural tendency—for example, people in the modern day reverting to the ways of thinking and acting of a past/former time.The word atavism is derived from the Latin atavus. An atavus is a great-great-great-grandfather or, more generally, an ancestor.

The theory of atavism greatly influenced ‘Jekyll & Hyde’. The unsettling, dwarfish appearance of Edward Hyde and the violent behaviour he exhibits are classic atavistic traits. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde examines the duality of human nature – the battle between the rational, intellectual side of humanity and its more primitive, atavistic nature. Atavism is the tendency to revert to ancestral type. In biology, an atavism is an evolutionary throwback, such as traits reappearing which had disappeared generations before.Atavisms can occur in several ways. In the social sciences, atavism is a cultural tendency—for example, people in the modern day...
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