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Stereotype Archetype Every human being has called for aid at least once in their lifespan. So why is it that, in literature, the female character is the most often the one in need of the most help? Women are so stereotypically needy that the origin of the first word that is selected in the archetype of the damsel in distress is another word for woman. Yet, as represented in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a man can be the character in anguish. This unique book was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1886. The iconic plot, inspired by the fears of the Victorian era, has served as a template for modern books and films. The novel is about a man, Dr. Jekyll, who becomes addicted to transforming into a new persona, Mr. Hyde, and …show more content…
Jekyll and Rapunzel both set standards of the word "distress" for their audience.Written as a fairytale for little boys and girls, Rapunzel bestows a gender neutral situation for the archetype in capture but affixes a solution that is femininely passive. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a "book intended for young male readers"(Dan and Shou 2012), shows what is thought to be a more masculine view of the damsel in distress. Boys, the target audience for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are encouraged to find solutions for the anguish they are in. Dr. Jekyll portrays this message when he "sent out for a fresh supply and mixed the draught" (Stevenson 63) to stop turning into Mr. Hyde. Girls on the contrary, the gender majorly influenced by Rapunzel, are encouraged to find a man who can relieve their distress for them. Women in literature, including Rapunzel, "seem to be designed to be submissive to men"(Dan and Shou 2012). The damsel is expected to submit the male that saves her from her situation. Male characters, like the honorable Dr. Jekyll, demonstrate the breaking of difficult barriers and experimentation that could potentially create a situation that causes stress. The minds of the audience are being impacted just from reading these short

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