Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is a Victorian novel that explores the psychological implications of the nature of duality. This novel explores the idea of doubleness, duality with the separation of moral obligation and human nature in Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde. Stevenson uses the character Mr. Utterson to narrate the novel and give a logic perspective to Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde’s duality, however Utterson has his own duality that echoes Dr. Jeykll’s. In the novel, Mr. Utterson has a dream that Stevenson uses to explore Utterson’s duality in terms of light and dark symbolism, a separation of his logical mental state, a physical separation between his actions showing his own doubleness.
Light and darkness in Utterson’s dream symbolizes the struggle between good and evil of human nature. As Utterson begins to dream he feels that his mind is “enslaved” as he is “tossed in the gross darkness of the night and the curtained room” (Stevenson 1682). Here Utterson describes the darkness in unattractive negative and gothic terms as if the darkness in his dreams were trapping his mind. The symbolic connation of the words gross and darkness suggest Utterson’s own duality between light and dark. Compared to this darkness he mentions “Enfield’s tale” in his dream “scroll like lighted pictures” (Stevenson 1682). This symbolizes an internal struggle between light and dark in his mind as well. This struggle is important in the novel because Utterson is Jekyll’s lawyer and he is wrestling with the fact that an evil person like Mr. Hyde is friends with a good person like Dr. Jekyll. Moreover, wrestling with light and dark in his dreams also is reflected in Utt...
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.... Jekyll and Hyde’s duality by foreshadowing the later realization that they are in fact the same person. This notion of foreshadowing duality with duality is strengthened even more with Utterson’s physical doubles in his actions and words culminating inside one person as the thoughts, images and emotions from his dreams translate into his waking life. Utterson’s duality is embodied in one person, as is Dr. Jeykll’s duality which Stevenson has purposefully made echo in his novel about human nature and the duality of it. Stevenson was a foreword thinker of his time using gothic vocabulary to try to fill the void of imprecise language to discuss physiological implications. This concept has helped influence literature o help create the science fiction any mystery genre that uses supernatural devices and remnants of gothic language to address morality and human nature.
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