Friday, August 31, 2012

Reviews: Two Victorian Horror Stories

The Turn of the ScrewThe Turn of the Screw by Henry James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Victorian Ghost Story about the evils of men and the fear of the uncivilized... WE find a governess who is duty bound to protect the children in her charge from the things that go bump in the night. The story presents the isolation caused by a guarded Victorian rectified world. Eerie.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another story from this time period is Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, which shows the tight control of the
wildman that is burried deep within. The novella digs into the Psychological Battle between  the angelic man, made before the fall; and the dirty creatures, that lies in all humans.   The psychology developed and explained here is finely expressed, and gives light to what St. Paul wrote in Romans.

  If you are looking for a long read, this will not suffice. Insightful.

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