The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Louis Stevenson
In the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
makes the reader question the extent to which Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
are in fact a single character. Until the end of the novel, the two
personas seem nothing alike-the well-liked, respectable doctor and the
hideous, depraved Hyde are almost opposite in type and personality.
Stevenson uses this marked contrast to make his point: every human
being contains opposite forces within him or her, an alter ego that
hides behind one's polite facade. For us, the reader, to understand
fully the characters of either Jekyll or Hyde, we must consider the
two physical and mental appearances as one single character. Although
the respected Dr Jekyll and the deformed Mr Hyde charecters are mainly
based around good and evil, the presence of other characters such as
Utterson, Enfield and the minor parts of the maid and police man tell
us that there is more to human nature than just good and evil.
Stevenson uses Dr Jekyll to show the good and admired side of a
person's human nature. It is true that Jekyll largely appears as moral
and decent, engaging in charity work and enjoying a reputation as a
courteous and genial man. Jekyll undertakes his experiments with the
intent of purifying his good side from his bad and vice versa. He is a
highly respected man amongst the London community and his gentleman
piers. As Dr Jekyll is a doctor he takes on a high role of
responsibility and he meets the responsibility with the up most
professionalism treating his patients with deference and care, while
he is Dr Henry Jekyll. A quote which can be used to justify his
reputation is said in conversation about Dr Jekyll
"One of your fellows who do what you call good"
This quote says that Dr Henry Jekyll is considered as a highly
respectable man and is considered as a trust worthy being. He also has
a positive presence of appearing to be a role model, idol or a saint
in some way to lower class London.
Another good account is set down by Enfield saying that Dr Henry
Jekyll is "the very pink of proprieties" this Victorian phrase is used
to say that Dr Henry Jekyll is very much the best in what he does and
that he has peaked at the top of his game, you could say he is to good
to be true.
As the story goes on Dr Henry Jekyll becomes an addict of his own
curiosity and inquisitiveness into science. A quote which proves this
"In the beginning the difficulty had been to throw off the body of
Jekyll, it had of late transferred itself to the other side, that I
was slowly loosing hold of my original and better self and becoming
slowly incorporated with my second and worse."
This quotation is saying that Dr Henry Jekyll was loosing control of
him self and the ability to be...