The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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In the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde it is regarded that these identities are two different persons but this is not the case, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are one in the same. There is much confusion when reading this literary work by Robert Louis Stevenson; this piece is regarded as horrific and disturbing in many ways. But the biggest twist is when it is reveled to the reader that these two people are the same and that below the surface of Dr.Jekyll is an evil man who enjoys committing evil acts. Mainly that Dr. Jekyll believes he has no choice but to commit these horrid acts because he has no control over is evil side. I don’t believe this is the case, Hyde isn’t a real person and doesn’t exist, nor is he someone who commits Jekyll’s sins for him; Jekyll is in control of his own actions. The story itself is about a respectable doctor that tries to separate a man’s good side from his bad; he succeeds in this after creating a concoction which he drinks and somehow “turns” into Mr. Hyde. Each time the concoction is taking Hyde’s actions get more horrific such as trampling a young child, and brutally murdering the well-respected Sir Danvers Carew. What pushes the idea that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are the same and that Jekyll has total control is that at the end of the novel Jekyll takes his own life to “stop” Hyde from taking total control over him, which shocked most readers. I believe Jekyll had complete control of himself the whole time, and he would have been able to control what happened to himself and others because of his actions. In the narrative of this novel, it begins to greatly depict the anxieties of Stevenson’s age. During the Victorian era, which is when Stevenson lived it became a time of unparalleled industr... ... middle of paper ... ...ay down the pen and proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end." (Chapter 10) Ultimately, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde serves to warn humanity of the possibility (and perhaps the inevitability) of evil resisting the repression of good. We all have a good and bad side, and it is up to us to not allow one side to overpower the other. Works Cited "A study in dualism: The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." NCBI. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013. "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013. Greenblatt, Stephen. "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." The Norton anthology of English literature. 9th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2012. 1677-1720. Print. "Dr. Jenkyll and Mr. Hyde 2010." 3 KAA SMK Meru 2010. Web. 22 Nov. 2013.
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