Duality Of Man And Soul Essay

1106 words - 4 pages

Duplicity of Man and Soul
A doppelganger by definition is a double or counterpart of a person or an alter ego of a person (Dictionary.com). Everyone has a doppelganger that influences their lives every day in their decisions they make. Their doppelgangers are their suppressed selves and, if uncovered, will reveal to the world the kind of people they genuinely are. What one may show on the outside could be completely different from what they truly feel. One can really know a person only once he fully knows the person that he is on the inside. Mr. Hyde represents the inner evil of Dr. Jekyll in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde while the painting in The Picture of Dorian Gray resembles his own inner evil as well. In each of these novels, the suppressed sides of the characters are present and influence their every action thus slowly reveal the true identities of the men. The nature of man is composed of inner sinfulness that is masked by outer composure set by society, but once the suppressed half is exposed, only then will the public fully know a man.
Due to their concealed yet present inner evil, humans are naturally inclined to sin but at the same time resist temptation because of influence from society, thus illustrating a duality in humanity. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde focuses on how humans are actually two different people composed into one. The concept of dual human nature includes all of Hyde’s crimes and ultimately the death of Jekyll. Jekyll proposes that “man is not truly one, but truly two,” and describes the human soul as a constant clash of the “angel” and the “fiend,” each struggling to suppress the other (Stevenson 61, 65). Man will try to cover up his inner evil because once it rises to the surface everyone will know the real person they are. Jekyll admits to molding himself to fit in with society when he says, “[I was] inclined by nature to industry, fond of the respect of the wise and good among my fellowmen” (Stevenson 60). Civilization, religion, and the morals of society concealed Hyde, the other half of Jekyll, from the rest of the world because they influence what is right and wrong to express. Jekyll says he was forced to ignore his inner feelings because of all the outside influence from the world around him when he explains, “I was, and, with even a deeper trench than in the majority of men, severed in me those provinces of good and ill which divide and compound man’s dual nature. In this case, I was driven to reflect deeply and inveterately on that hard law of life, which lies at the root of religion and is one of the most plentiful springs of distress” (Stevenson 60). By hiding his true self within because of influence from this environment, no one was able to know the real Jekyll. The potion withers away the civilized man presented to the world, and exposing his true nature and intentions. The potion he creates brings out the dark side of him, manifesting itself into Mr. Hyde. Once set free, Hyde, the representation of evil...

Find Another Essay On Duality of Man and Soul

Stevenson and Conrad: The Duality of Human Nature

2138 words - 9 pages of the duality of human nature has been found at the heart of many Victorian works. The theme of the duality of man can be found in the works of two famous English authors, Robert Louis Stevenson and Joseph Conrad. Stevenson and Conrad both incorporate the theme of the duality of human nature within their own novellas. Stevenson employs this theme throughout his novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and similarly Conrad employs

The Meaning of The Mind and Soul

1059 words - 4 pages nature of that existence will be. It would be very difficult to define such an existence through pure a priori reasoning alone, however we cannot deny the validity of the duality of our existence nor deny that we do indeed have a soul. Bibliography: Calef, Scott. 'Dualism And Mind'. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2005): n. pag. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. Robinson, Howard. 'Dualism'. Plato.stanford.edu. N. p., 2003. Web. 26 Apr. 2014. Skirry, Justin. 'Descartes, Rene: Mind-Body Distinction'. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2006): n. pag. Web. 26 Apr. 2014.

The Soul and Role of the Museum

1259 words - 5 pages The soul of a museum is the essence of identity by which it is defined; it is that which makes a museum a museum. The museum has identifiable requisites without which it would not be a museum. By using creative methods of exhibition, interpretation, and education as well as effective methods of collection and conservation, the museum becomes an integral aspect and a valuable resource in society. There are unique distinctions between the museum

Stevenson's Use of the Concept of Duality in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

1462 words - 6 pages only in humans but also in places and objects also such as towns and houses. Although Charles Darwin's ideas of a man descended from apes were highly controversial at the time, Stevenson takes this idea further in the book and we discover that people tended to cover up their animalistic nature because of the restricted Victorian society. This type of duality is seen clearly in Mr. Utterson, whom we are introduced to

The Nature of Duality in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

1680 words - 7 pages language use by Stevenson also puts forward the dual nature of man. The philosophical context of the novella also is another factor which Stevenson cleverly uses. Stevenson creates a novel of gothic genre, which was extremely popular at the time of release. And the bottom line of the novel is to entertain the reader. The nature of duality, the philosophical context, the scientific context, symbolism, and hypocrisy are various interpretations of

The Duality of Human Nature in Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

589 words - 2 pages , dwarfish man” “of no particular age”, and we meet Dr Jekyll, a “large, well-made man of fifty” with a “large handsome face”. The way Stevenson describes them as opposites makes us think that they are infact two people, but as Stevenson builds up the clues throughout the book we realise that they are really the same person. Stevenson uses Jekyll and Hyde to show the duality of human nature because by reading about the two characters

A Raisin in the Sun: The Duality of African-America, George Murchison and Joseph Asagai

1430 words - 6 pages Since the forced-migration to the Americas, African-Americans have been assigned between two cultures: being African and being American. Both cultures are forced upon African-Americans who lack a culture of their own. Neither Africa nor America is truly home to the African-American and the connections between both cultures have been separated. In the play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, the duality of African-American race is

This discusses the duality of the characters in "Crime and Punishment."

1165 words - 5 pages To be human is to be full of contradictions. In the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, the relationship between a young man that commits a murder and his friends and family is explored. The characters that Dostoevsky creates are filled with beautiful contradictions that make them all the more human.The main character, Raskolnikov, is Dostoevsky's focus for his exploration of duality in character. "Raskol" in Russian means "schism

The Platonic and Aristotelian Conception of the Soul

2456 words - 10 pages The concept of the soul has long been open to many interpretations. The meaning of Soul in modern times differ significantly from its meaning many years ago. Two great philosophers Plato and his pupil Aristotle offer interesting insights into the idea of the soul in ancient Greek times. Although both philosophers existed in the same time period, both offered different perspectives towards the definition and the functions of the soul. Many areas

Of Mice And Man

843 words - 3 pages The novel that I have read is John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men". It happened in Sole dad, by the Salinas River. There came two men, the first man were small and quick, dark of face, his name is George. Behind him walked his opposite, a huge man, shapeless of face, his name is Lennie. They were friends and travel around together. Lennie always gets troubles for George because he has the mind of a young child. Lennie's aunt Clara take care of him

The Duality of Human Nature in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

708 words - 3 pages Crusaders returning home from their battles in the Middle East as early as 1100 were accused of worshipping what the Roman Catholic Church deemed a false deity, Baphomet. This creature enigmatic to the people of Middle Age Europe represented equilibrium of "black energy" and "white energy" in the soul, as well as in nature. There is indeed an apparent duality in the human subconscious. The misconception that these two sides are simply good and

Similar Essays

The Duality Of Man In Moby Dick

1297 words - 5 pages The Duality of Man in Moby Dick In Herman Melville’s novel, Moby Dick, every character is a symbol of the good and evil sides of humanity.  However, none of the characters represent pure evil or pure goodness.  Even Melville’s description of Ahab, whom he repeatedly refers to monomaniacal, which suggests he is driven insane by one goal, is given a chance to be seen as a frail, sympathetic character.  Ishmael represents the

Jekyll And Hyde Duality Of Human Nature

843 words - 3 pages Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a riveting tale of how one man uncovers, through scientific experiments, the dual nature within himself. Robert Louis Stevenson uses the story to suggest that this human duality is housed inside everyone. The story reveals “that man is not truly one, but two” (Robert Louis Stevenson 125). He uses the characters of Henry Jekyll, Edward Hyde, Dr. Lanyon, and Mr. Utterson to portray this concept. He also utilizes

An Exploration Of The Theme Of Duality Of Man In Stevenson's Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde. Focusing On The Conflict Between Public And Private Appearances

1758 words - 7 pages ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is one of Stevenson’s most disturbing and controversial works. Written in 1885 it is a novel ahead of its time, a tale of the division of man’s consciousness and how a respectful doctor can become a loathed murderer, regarded by many as barely human. Stevenson addresses directly the issue of man’s duality; the relationship between good and evil. Although primarily addressing this issue through the

Stevenson And Conrad: The Duality Of Human Nature

1001 words - 5 pages of the duality of human nature has been found at the heart of many Victorian works. The theme of the duality of man can be found in the works of two famous English authors, Robert Louis Stevenson and Joseph Conrad. Stevenson and Conrad both incorporate the theme of the duality of human nature within their own novellas. Stevenson employs this theme throughout his novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and similarly Conrad employs