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After reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, I find Hyde to be lost in the world. Throughout the story Hyde causes chaos and seems to only react to the world around him with violence. As Jekyll and Hyde are technically the same person, Hyde brings out an entirely different personality that Jekyll would have never shown to the world or even found out that he had, without turning himself into Hyde. Throughout the book Hyde is seen as this criminal who is only known for being evil and causing harm to others. In my opinion, there is more to Hyde than others may see, which in an article about Hyde, Jane v. Rago wrote, she has some similar thoughts about Hyde’s character.
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The reader is draw to the wishes of Dr. Jekyll, each person wants to better themselves and each person finds themselves straying from the correct path in life. In trying to better mankind, Jekyll destroyed the decent man he was before. The reader is drawn to the plot of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through the literary devices Stevenson employs. Foreshadowing displays the sense of mystery throughout the novel, the foreshadowing of the actions of Mr. Hyde leaves the reader wondering what will happen next. The ironic nature of Dr. Jekyll relates to the reader as a person, no person is completely perfect and Dr. Jekyll exhibits the natural wants and desires of humans.
Enfield, in chapter one, describes Hyde appearance in the following statement, “There is something wrong with his appearance;...something downright detestable” (15) this quote describes Hyde as deserving contempt and arousing disgust which shows that the nature of a human can be degrading. However, Mr. Utterson is used to show the benevolent nature of man instead of the corrupt side. Utterson continues to believe in his colleague, Dr. Jekyll, despite the peculiar situation that he has burdened h... ... middle of paper ... ...society such as the “hoodlums” and prostitutes. Although Hyde isn’t a prostitute he is a murderer, which counteracts Dr. Jekyll’s socially acceptable demeanor. Although they both reside in the same body, their two characters are extremely different.
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde This novel is more than just a traditional horror story as it has many hidden and complex meanings and explanations, of what seem and would have normally before this book, been simple events. Stevenson has very strong opinions and some are expressed in the book. A traditional horror story would either be a super natural In this novel Stevenson's characters, Jekyll and Hyde, are stereotypes of people who are 'good' and 'evil'. The good is the friendly doctor (the caring profession) and the evil is the hunched, ugly murderer. These two stereotypes combine to create the average man who has the capacity to be both 'good' and 'evil', and they have both 'good' and 'evil' thoughts and emotions.