The Theme Of Evil In The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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Robert Louis Stevenson tackles a few topics in his brilliant novella: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll

and Mr. Hyde. One of them being duality, the inner contrast of good and evil. Another theme that

branches from this is anger and the unfortunate repercussions of anger. The book takes place in

Victorian England in the 19th century, and focuses on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. These two are of course

the same person, we find out that Dr. Jekyll takes a potion that transforms him into Mr. Hyde. Hyde is

his evil side, and eventually he loses sight of Jekyll completely. The battle of good and evil within

oneself glares in the book. An inescapable truth is magnified,that is that uncontrollable anger can lead

to serious problems. Three
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As was shown in the book, anger that spirals out of control leads to severe consequences. Dr. Jekyll

gives in to his rage and allows Hyde to take over. In the process he loses his friends, begins to act

violently, and even kills a man. James 1:19 reads, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person

be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger...” Anger is a very dangerous road to go down, self

control is a key virtue to be practiced. Asking oneself if the situation is worth getting upset about is

important, to pick your battles wisely. Anger so often leads to violence and violence is never the

answer. When dealing with others anger it is crucial to put yourself in their shoes. Unless you truly

know and understand their situation, you shouldn 't be quick to condemn. Anger is found in everyone,

but those who can control it are considered wise. Proverbs 29:11 reads, “A fool gives full vent to his

spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.” Holding the scriptures close to us is the best way to
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