Robert Louis Stevenson

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Actions without thoughts are a leading cause of regret within people. In both novels, Stevenson mentions the compromising situations impulsion can cause. Jekyll discloses that he has fallen victim to the temptations that surround becoming Hyde and how these temptations will only cause him pain. “I had voluntarily stripped myself of all those balancing instincts by which the worst of us continues to walk with some degree of steadiness among temptations; and in my case to be tempted, however was to fall.” Temptation is often the root of impulsiveness. In Jekyll’s case, once he is tempted, he is bound to lose his rationality and act impulsively. This leads to his demise. His decision in creating Hyde is an impulsive act in itself caused by a brief lapse in judgment, a lack of moral obligations and very myopic thinking. Hyde’s midnight brutal murders are terrible acts that were spark by momentary temptations. In Treasure Island, the temptation is the form of wealth and monetary gifts. “In the immediate nearness of the gold, all else had been forgotten his promise and the doctor’s ...
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