Gothic Quotations: Jonathon Harker’s Journal #3

A quote from one of my favorite Gothic stories on one of the Core Principles of The Gothic:  The Dual (and Conflicting) Natures of Humanity:

“With every day, and from both sides of my intelligence, the moral and the intellectual, I thus drew steadily nearer to the truth, by whose partial discovery I have been doomed to such a dreadful shipwreck: that man is not truly one, but truly two.”

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

Jekyll and Hyde is the one story where this duality is the most prominent theme, but one could clearly see it in the case of Frankenstein’s monster or Lucy Westenra and scores more, where the ability to suppress one’s darker nature (whether sexual or violent) is a deciding factor in the survival of a character in The Gothic.

  4 comments for “Gothic Quotations: Jonathon Harker’s Journal #3

  1. June 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Dracula is one of my favorite books…and the old movies are great too. pretty much all vamp movies I love unless they are these new fangled teenage angst shows that drive me batty!!!

    Whitby is very cool…haven’t been there but would love to go. pics and stories and history are cool….

    have you been to their Goth Weekend….?

  2. June 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Thank you Jenny…..I hope you come back often. your words are too kind.

  3. June 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    love the old films dracula is my fave and of cause whitby where the inspiration came from xxjen

  4. June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    fantastic site il be back to read more xxjen

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