Dr. Jekyll is still Mr. Hyde and vice versa, they just hide behind the personas. Eventually though, evil conquers moral actions, and Mr. Hyde becomes all there is, there is no more Dr. Jekyll. Jekyll gives his evil the power to manifest and take control of his life. By giving evil a face and a name, it controls life’s actions. Good vs. evil is the novella’s biggest theme.
Secondly, Stevenson uses control to show duality of human nature. When Dr. Lanyon sees Hyde take the potion and transform into Jekyll, he loses his innocence. All his life he was nothing but control, telling himself he didn't have dark passions but when he saw this transformation, he realized he had his own Hyde. "...As for the moral turpitude that man/ unveiled to me, even with fears of penitence..."(121). ... ... middle of paper ... ... man.
“It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it ” (69). This is a quote from the book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the topic of duality in human nature is thoroughly expressed in a few different ways. The story is about a man named Dr. Jekyll who concocted a potion that would divide his good side, Dr. Jekyll, and his evil side, Mr. Hyde, in order to escape the restrictions and limitations of Victorian society. However, this plan backfired when Hyde became too strong for Dr. Jekyll to control.
Dr. Jekyll makes a potion to turn himself into Mr. Hyde in order to see if it can make a person entirely evil or entirely good. Every time Dr. Jekyll uses this potion to turn into Mr. Hyde he feels a bit of himself slip away a bit more. Dr. Jekyll makes this potion himself just as he does
I found that the description of Hyde being like some sort of ferocious beast was very effective as it conjures up an image in your head and almost makes the reader afraid of him even though he is a fictional character. Stevenson is also very secretive about the character of Jekyll as most of the novel of focused on the terrifying behaviour of Hyde all we know about him is that he is a well renowned doctor that is performing unorthodox experiments.
Unlike Dr. Frankenstein?s abandonment, Dr. Jekyll finds his experiment intriguing eve... ... middle of paper ... ...ankenstein is horrified of what he is done, whereas Jekyll seems to be virtually proud of his scientific accomplishment and murderous ruse. Both scientists discover that all of their pride and knowledge cannot conquer the unknown and unimaginable. For this and other reasons, despite their differences, Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll are both captivating literary characters that attempt to create and conquer the human mind. By investigating their similarities, we, as readers, critics, and scholars, can more fully understand the mode of scientific thinking and rationale in the nineteenth century. We also observe the consequences of two characters that overstep the bounds of reality and human conscience.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson proposed the idea of the duality of human nature and used this to incite fear amongst readers. He believed that to every person there was a hidden evil, using Dr. Jekyll to represent the good and Mr. Hyde to represent the evil. Throughout the story, Jekyll battled to keep Hyde inside but when he realized that could not be done for much longer he decided to end his life and in doing so, ended the life of Hyde. Two of the main themes in the story “Addiction” and “The Duality in Human Nature”, are supported throughout the story by the characters themselves and the conflict in the story. Symbols such as the potion, represent drugs and addiction and the homes that both of the main characters live in help to support the theme of the dual nature.
In reality they are the same person but Mr. Hyde is just an excuse to commit sins and 'evil '. In 'Henry Jekyll’s full statement of the case ', Jekyll writes about his past and of his frustration at Victorian society. Before he was able to turn into Hyde, Jekyll was a very respected and well-liked scientist. Jekyll committed sins as himself and as a result he did not feel happy about this and decided that he did not want this evil to be a part of him. This eventually led to Jekyll creating a potion that would make him turn into Hyde.
While Jekyll remains a respectable man, Mr. Hyde gives in to his evil tendencies. Dr. Jekyll attempts to use science to separate the good and evil which reside in his mind. He concocts a drink which allows him to become the two contrasting characters that reside in his mind. The mixture causes Dr. Jekyll to morph into his more violent self, Dr.
These two personalities are widely set apart on the spectrum, yet it is revealed in the end that they are intertwined in one body, specifically Dr Jekyll’s. The existence of Dr. Jekyll’s alter ego, Mr Hyde, suggests that humans are all composed of good and evil elements. People can never be pure or innocent as a whole because the truth is that everyone has desires to do bad; However, some have the ability to hide it and control it better than others. In his laboratory, Jekyll occupied himself with taking a potion in which he could separate his good and bad personalities by occasionally turning into Hyde. However, the more often he took it, he came to realize that he his ability to transform into Jekyll once again was becoming more difficult than in the beginning; therefore, he would need larger doses of the potion to reverse the transformation.