Dr Jekyll And Hyde Macbeth Analysis

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In Robert Stevenson’s novella ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, Dr Jekyll transforms from the handsome “well-made” scientist into the devilish, sinful and villainous Mr Hyde. Similarly, in William Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Macbeth’, Macbeth transforms from a patriotic hero into a malevolent tyrant. By comparing the thoughts, intentions and actions within the protagonists’ behaviour, it is clear that both Stevenson and Shakespeare present the theme of change from good to evil within their stories.
At the start of ‘Macbeth’, Macbeth is presented as a valiant, noble character, but Shakespeare uses varied language to foreshadow his downfall. This is shown when the Captain is speaking to King Duncan. He says, “For brave Macbeth – well he
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Stevenson introduces Dr Jekyll as being, “A large, well-made, smoothed faced man of fifty, with something of a slyish cast perhaps, but for every mark of capacity and kindness”. The adjective “well-made” suggests that Jekyll is, by definition, well-dressed as a gentleman would be in 1880s England. There are also implications of wealth and Jekyll being rich. The people of the Victorian era would think that those of a higher class would be moral and respectable as they related wealth to being a better person. His moral nature is further highlighted when Stevenson uses the word “kindness” to stress how much of a virtuous person he is; this tells the audience that he is very kind and warm hearted. However, Stevenson previously described him as “slyish” which tells the reader that there is also a negative side to Dr Jekyll. That word has connotations with being untrustworthy and Jekyll being sly informs the reader that they cannot trust him. Additionally, the contrast of him being both kind and sly conveys to the reader that there is an internal conflict within Jekyll. In the end Jekyll being sly did lead to the tragic event, proving how his slyish features could have foreshadowed his…show more content…
This is shown between a conversation with Mr Utterson and Jekyll when Utterson claims, “‘I have been learning something of young Hyde’. The large handsome face of Dr Jekyll grew pale to the very lips, and there came blackness about his eyes’”. Becoming “pale to the very lips” shows that he is stunned and unable to speak, which is suspicious considering Utterson has mentioned Hyde. “Pale” also has connotations with lifelessness and death which Stevenson might have used to foreshadow the killing of Mr Carew or, since Jekyll is the one being described, Jekyll’s own death by the end. The “blackness about his eyes” also alludes to the fact that he has an immoral side that is emerging. Black has connotations with evil, death and darkness. People of the Victorian era thought appearance reflected personality (many judgements today are still based on appearances alone). Hyde is presented as significantly deformed by Stevenson who wishes to emphasise how wicked Hyde is. Having Jekyll have blackness about his eyes, shows that there is an immense evil hidden within him. Other gothic horrors around that time period used appearances to portray evil within their characters. An example is Frankenstein’s monster from Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. Frankenstein’s monster is misshapen by virtue of being made from a collection of dead bodies. This

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