Causes Of Stress In Jekyll And Hyde

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When stress becomes so prevalent in the body, it exposes the body to dangers that could ultimately lead to serious health issues or even death. Stress is something everyone has experienced before, probably everyday of their lives. It can come from the smallest things or it can occur on a larger scale. The larger scale stress can cause multiple dangers to the body, like a stroke or heart attack. These issues could come out of nowhere or they could have been developing for a long time. Scientists do not know how stress, something that seems so miniscule, can put one in a life or death situation. Stress and tension can ultimately affect one’s physical and mental health over time based on examples from Jekyll and Hyde, multiple experiments, and…show more content…
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde support further experimentation on stress and tension, like events concerning Dr. Jekyll and Lanyon. “At the sight that met my eyes, my blood was changed into something exquisitely thin and icy. Yes, I had gone to bed Henry Jekyll, I had awakened Edward Hyde”(Stevenson 72). In this case, stress has begun to overtake Jekylls life. He does his normal everyday routine and begins to find himself stuck in his evil presence. This represents the effects that two worlds has on Jekyll. It creates an inner battle of who has control of Jekylls body. That is a source of stress and tension in Jekyll that ultimately leads to his suicide. As Mr. Utterson and Mr. Enfield were on the usual walk, they passed by the house of none other than Dr. Jekyll. At this visit, they could see that Jekyll was not well and at this time, they were not aware that his sickness was coming from the anger of Edward Hyde and putting tension on Jekyll's body (Stevenson 39). Because Jekyll began to reject the life of hyde, the stress winds up because of his tactics. This puts a physical toll on his body and he develops an illness. Lanyon, a past colleague discovers that Jekyll and Hyde are one, which disagrees with his beliefs, and he states “My life is shaken to its roots; sleep has left me; the deadliest terror sits by me at all hours of the day and night; and I feel that my days are numbered, and that I must die; and yet I shall die incredulous”(Stevenson 63). This is caused by the tension between Lanyon and Jekyll due to disagreements. Lanyon believed that man was only one so when it was proved that man could be two, his tension between Jekyll and himself grew and it affected him so much that he became unable to live through the pain. The APA mentions “Chronic stress may also cause disease, either because of changes in your body or the overeating, smoking and other bad habits people use to cope with stress”(APA). The death of Jekyll was caused
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