Jekyll and Hyde TCEA In the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, the predominant archetypal theme is “good and evil exist in all humans, and we live our lives struggling with these two forces.” This theme describes the duality of good and evil in Dr. Jekyll—the good being Jekyll and bad being Hyde— and the struggle he has with both sides fighting for dominance within himself. The emotional mindset and the physical attributes of Jekyll and Hyde show the good and evil within themselves.
What would life be without evil in the world? Many optimists believe there is an inherent goodness gifted to all people at birth and fundamentally embedded in us that dictates our actions, but the reality is exactly the contrary. People are evil, not because of a desire or choice but out of absolute necessity on account of none of the things we enjoy today would be available or even invented without some evil. Evil, within limitations and with restrictions, is productive for a group of people. Society, with all its art, culture, music, and glory, was created because there was evil present and now works to destroy its very creator through police departments and social initiatives.
This phrase is seemingly prophetic to not only the story of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” but to human morality as well. The first example of duality in the novella can be seen in the physical descriptions of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Mr. Hyde is so disgustingly ugly that his very face alone caused Mr. Utterson to feel a “nausea and [a] distaste of life” (Stevenson 12). Hyde is even described as bearing “Satan’s signature” upon his face(Stevenson 12).Mr. Hyde is a young, small, and stumping man that embodies all of the wickedness of Dr. Jekyll (Buzzwell par 2).
In those who are themselves human, compassionate and thoughtful, Hyde raises some red flags. Even Jekyll fairly quickly recognizes the nature of Hyde: “Instantly the spirit of hell awoke in me [Jekyll] and raged… My devil [Hyde]… came out roaring” (Stevenson 84). However unlike Utterson and Enfield, Jekyll is taken by the “lust for evil.” Even a man as good as Jekyll can be swayed by the dark side.
Conflicts are like bad habits. Everybody runs into at least one but not everyone does something about them. Conflicts are all kinds of bad but solving them helps out much more in the long run. All bad things have a solution and should be fixed. In “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell Rainsford runs into man versus man, man versus nature, and man versus self conflicts.
In all history textbooks, you can always find a leader that has accomplished many feats, but how have they done that? Do you really think the way they accomplished their goals were “good”, or civil and just? In reality, the answer is most likely, “No”. Although their accomplishments have changed the world in many different ways, they almost always implicate the evils in men. Unfortunately, all humans have that aspect in them; a primal, savage instinct that drives them to complete their desires, often with the use of violence.
According to Eric Burdon, “Inside each of us, there is the seed of both good and evil. It 's a constant struggle as to which one will win. And one cannot exist without the other.” Evil is a dangerous term. By using such a term to brand or label people, we consider ourselves protectors of good.
In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stevenson uses diction, imagery, and details to characterize both sides of his main character. I. Stevenson uses diction to characterize Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to create a mood for the story. A. “I cannot find words to thank you. I believe you fully I would trust you before any man alive, ay, before myself if I could make the choice…”
“Our minds are a battle ground between good and bad ideas; we are whatever side wins the battle” Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom. The struggle between good and evil is found universally. In the novel A Separate Peace, Gene Forrester struggles between his own inner good and evil. Gene's actions often reflect his feelings, leading him to trouble, giving the illusion that Gene is filled with more evil than good. However, Gene's goodness can be found even through dark times.
In life, we have to make many choices. There is a constant struggle when it comes too good and evil. One cannot exist without the other. The choices we make however, determine the extent of our happiness. The obvious thing to say about evil is that it is the opposite of good.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s literary work, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, is one of his most notable works. It was written during the Victorian era when there were huge emphasis placed on social morality. He sets out to understand the differences between dual personalities, good and evil (evil definitely not being within the social norm). He sums up his story by stating: “All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil: and Edward Hyde, alone, in the ranks of mankind, was pure evil.” Robert explains his reasons for writing the book that he did, while talking about the time and era.
Overall, Stevenson’s presentation of the duality of man is conveyed by the relationship between Jekyll and Hyde because towards the end of the novel. Jekyll begins to realise that the schism which once caused them to despise one another, help them understand each other situation. Jekyll even begins to ‘pity’ Hyde toward the end of novel, praising his ‘love for life’ by calling it ‘wonderful’, as his creator he consequently acknowledges the condescending attitudes towards Hyde, unfairly for his appearance, however rightfully so for his actions. Moreover, like Darwin’s theory, Hyde could never be accepted into society, often being characterised as a ‘brute’. Additionally, Jekyll’s actions would be condemned by the Victorian readers, as he was
In Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde , the dualities reflected of the Victorian times. Where people lived a double-life because the norms society set for honourable individuals to comply with were to high for people to come after . Double standards created along of this and fuelled the deception of the middle-class . As society allowed , they lived superficially respectable , moral lives . Alternatively , at night , when doors was closed , that was when people started showing who they really were , showing their dark and desires from the deepest part of their mind .
The Victorian Doppelgänger in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novella set in during the nineteenth century, in Victorian England. At the time, repression was the leading factor that caused individuals to feel the need to maintain an unrealistic image of perfection. In this Novella, Dr. Jekyll is presented as a higher class, respected member of the Victorian society who has a doppelganger, Hyde. It is stated that Victorian’s from the upper class performed “unaccepted behaviors”, such as Dr. Jekyll. Through the use of the literary device of the “doppelgänger”, Stevenson explores the them of duality that exists in Victorian society as a result