Significance of Reputation in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde illustrates the significance of concealing your secrets and desires in order to maintain a flawless reputation. He creates distinctive characters with various reputations and contrasts their abilities in retaining one. Stevenson emphasizes this through Hyde’s actions, when portraying Utterson’s flawless reputation, the contrasting vulnerability to desires between Utterson and Jekyll and the creation of Hyde.
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a short novel written by Robert Stevenson, shocking the audience with its sudden twist. Told mostly from the view of Mr. Utterson, Jekyll’s lawyer, he goes through the mysterious connection between Jekyll and a horrible man named Mr. Hyde. In the end of the novel, it is discovered that Jekyll is Hyde, taking a potion to transform into the hideous man. After several transformations into Hyde, Jekyll finally glances into a mirror, seeing a short, hideous and hairy man, much different from the tall and clean Jekyll. In the novel, Stevenson uses mirrors to represent Hyde’s physical manifestation, an object that reflects within the person, and he uses the mirrors to show the unstable duality of the individual's psyche.
Lanyon is able to resist temptations and unlike Jekyll, he does not join in on his progressive scientific research. When Utterson confronts Jekyll about his distressing will, Jekyll describes his opinion of Lanyon to Utterson stating that although he knows Lanyon is a good-hearted person he is still a “hide-bound pedant. ”(24) The play on the words “hide” alludes to Jekyll's “Hyde” further proves that in giving into temptation Jekyll is really the one who ends up ‘hiding’. However, eventually Lanyon breaks and gives into temptation allowing him to witnesses the scientific discoveries he for so long refused to experience.
Jekyll and Hyde, viewed as individuals, are positioned on opposite sides of a nature spectrum; Jekyll embodies purity and holiness, where as Hyde signifies the virulent, primitive side. Essentially, the two men are complete opposites. However, one must ask this question: “why did Dr. Jekyll create Mr. Hyde?” Jekyll created Hyde with the intention of ridding himself of evil, so that he would be able to exist as himself (Dr. Jekyll) and have a completely pure soul; however, he “had come to a fatal cross-roads” and was presented with a temptation. He realized he would be able to become Mr. Hyde with the gulp of his potion; therefore, he could commit scandalous acts while retaining his strong reputation as Dr. Jekyll.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll is a respected man, but out of his intentions to stay good comes an intense evil. He wanted to keep his good name, yet find a way to unleash his evil side. When Mr. Hyde is created it is with good intensions, but soon the evil becomes overwhelming and begins to control Mr. Jekyll. He only shows one person, Mr. Lanyon, his fatal second side.
Mr. Hyde is described at the shorter one and that he has some type of deformity that no one can explain. Dr. Jekyll‘s friend states “something is wrong with his appearance, something displeasing, something detestable”. All that encounter Mr. Hyde feel uncomfortable in his presence. Mr. Hyde represents evil; he has no concern for others. He does not follow the rules set forth
The well-liked, respectable doctor and hideous, depraved Hyde are almost opposite in type and personality. Stevenson uses this marked contrast to make his point: every human being contains opposite forces within him or her, an alter ego that hides behind one’s polite face. Firstly, Dr. Jekyll is the nice guy. He is a brilliant scientist who makes a potion to change his figure.
Within the psychology of humans, tendencies of violence are a part of all personalities. Though, in most cases, humans are able to conceal the many negative flaws within; however, others struggle to suppress that part of their personality. In Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde, a mysterious character by the name of Mr. Hyde is introduced. In Victorian England, Mr. Hyde is feared by all of the town’s citizens, adding to the man’s ominous character.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has one main real life issue. Obviously not all aspects are real but Good versus Evil is a real life issue now, like it was then. Dr. Jekyll represents the good and Mr. Hyde clearly represents the bad. Especially towards the end, it seems to be a tug of war between good and evil. There is a lot of good in the world, but also a lot of evil.
Milton presents Satan in a very human light, showing that despite his dramatic words, his “count 'nance cast… doubt” and he has insecurities like any human (Milton 526-527). This viewpoint is very contrary to his audience’s expectations of the devil, who more often is presented as a brutish being. His journey of self-awareness begins with the realization that the only thing that makes a place horrible is mindset, and the process of making his own “Heav 'n of Hell,” and to attempt to make “a Hell of Heav 'n” fulfills the traditional role of the hero finding their true purpose and their will to fulfill it (255). The significance of Satan’s realization that he is in Hell, defeated by his adversary, does not deter him. Like Aeneas, Satan’s journey to the underworld allowed him to realize his true purpose.