Humans And Our Alter Egos Portrayed In Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde By Robert Louis Steveson

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In the novella ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ which was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in the Victorian era was a book first published in 1886 in England. This book brought a huge amount of success to the author. In this book Stevenson explains to the reader that humans have multiple sides to each other, and he explains that there isn’t just one central attitude. Stevenson explains to the reader that humans have a lot of different sides to each other some good and some bad. He also explains how duplicitous humans are and the theory of having an alter-ego. His concept explains how humans can have one side and act one certain way and then at the same time switch to a different side of themselves and act completely different and they may not even know themselves that they act like this.
The text for ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ was written in the Victorian era which means it was around in the 1800’s. In those days the culture was extremely different to today’s culture. They had to live by strict moral codes even as a middle class person. Values back then were also different from today as they valued they should look after themselves and their family without relying on outside help. One of the biggest thing anyone in the Victorian area that was expected of them though was to live a life completely without sin, something that Dr. Jekyll complies with until he creates his alter-self Mr. Hyde.
The characters of Jekyll and Hyde show Stevenson’s theory about the duality there is in human personality. Jekyll is good, and he is well respected honorable and a fine figure. Jekyll was obsessed with respected but he also had his evil side, a side that he did not like. Jekyll hated to partake in evil things like drinking, prostitutes, or even gambling and so he decided to concoct a potion which would take both sides of his personality into two. He was ashamed mostly of his evil side as Jekyll ultimately wanted to do well and that explains why he made this poison. When Dr. Jekyll first becomes Mr....

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