Dr Jekyll And Mr. Utterson Duality Analysis

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Utterson’s Duality Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is a Victorian novel that explores the psychological implications of the nature of duality. This novel explores the idea of doubleness, duality with the separation of moral obligation and human nature in Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde. Stevenson uses the character Mr. Utterson to narrate the novel and give a logic perspective to Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde’s duality, however Utterson has his own duality that echoes Dr. Jeykll’s. In the novel, Mr. Utterson has a dream that Stevenson uses to explore Utterson’s duality in terms of light and dark symbolism, a separation of his logical mental state, a physical separation between his actions…show more content…
The symbolism of the light and dark in his nightmare represent the internal struggle Utterson is having with himself on the subject of Mr. Hyde. As a lawyer Utterson wants to uphold the law, however as a friend his loyalty demands that he protect Dr. Jekyll in any way that he can. This causes his mental state of separation where his mind will not show Mr. Hyde’s face because of the possible relations to Dr. Jekyll. This mental separation echoes Dr. Jekyll and Hyde’s duality by foreshadowing the later realization that they are in fact the same person. This notion of foreshadowing duality with duality is strengthened even more with Utterson’s physical doubles in his actions and words culminating inside one person as the thoughts, images and emotions from his dreams translate into his waking life. Utterson’s duality is embodied in one person, as is Dr. Jeykll’s duality which Stevenson has purposefully made echo in his novel about human nature and the duality of it. Stevenson was a foreword thinker of his time using gothic vocabulary to try to fill the void of imprecise language to discuss physiological implications. This concept has helped influence literature o help create the science fiction any mystery genre that uses supernatural devices and remnants of gothic language to address morality and human
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