Both Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus display Mr. Hyde and Mephistophilis, respectively, as the devil archetype, as shown through Hyde’s selfish and wicked actions that lead to Jekyll’s death and Mephistophilis’s deceitful actions that lead to Faustus’s death. Hyde’s appearances as the devil figure emphasizes him as inhuman. When Utterson first meets Hyde, he describes him as “hardly human” with “Satan’s signature upon a face [Hyde]” (Stevenson 43). In this way Hyde’s physical appearance reflects the devil archetype as grotesque.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the theme of dualism is portrayed through Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the setting, and the natural realm and supernatural realm. These two characters serve as the ultimate example of good and evil. With Dr. Jekyll, have mostly good in him, and Mr. Hyde representing the evil side of Dr. Jekyll. The division between the two illustrates a great example of dualism. With Dr. Jekyll being overcome with urges of evil, he decides to create a monster to release these urges without fully accepting the consequences.
While Jekyll’s psyche is antagonizing over Hyde, Hyde’s dormant psyche has the opportunity to grow, planning and staging a coup of Jekyll’s mind. In Anne Stiles “Studies in English Literature”, Victorian-era science is explained. Stiles notes that, “personality disorders...along with criminality...resulted from an over-enlarged right brain overpowering the rational activities of the left” (886). The right brain, in the Victorian Era, was associated with savagery and criminality. Over-enlarged implies that the savage, evil side of
Roger Chillingworth from The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a prime example of evil. Another character from the American classic Moby Dick by Herman Melville- Captain Ahab- can be contrasted, as he is an example of evil that does not exactly appear in the same ways. Roger Chillingworth and Captain Ahab are both evil characters with many differences such as their motives, degrees of harm done, and views on religion.
Victor said that the creature was “more hideous than belongs to humanity” and called him a “filthy demon” (Shelley 60). The creation’s creator felt that the creature was too ugly to exist in the presence of human kind. When a creator criticizes his creation in such a way, it afflicts the creature and pesters at his soul. By neglecting and shunning people with socially unacceptable appearances of behaviors, mass murders are created.
To start off, the id in the story is Hyde. Hyde is described as displeasing, destable, ugly, and deformed (10). Hyde is an awful character because he tramples kids and murdered someone and is cruel because he fled right after he did it. He is a cruel man and it brings him pleasure to be mean and hurt kids and adults too. “ For the man trampled calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground.”
Mr. Hyde is portrayed as being deformed in his physical features. Dr. Jekyll mentions that Hyde's deformities may be a result of being buried underneath Jekyll's respectable side. Barbara Gates depicts Hyde as a sort of shadow saying, "He is both monster and shadow par excellence-- another self not only for Jekyll but for all the presumably upright Victorian bachelors of the story who perceive his deformities and for whom he becomes both devil and death knell. " Hyde is a shadow and the lesser half of the two personalities because of his despicable personality.
Humans in this world are essentially evil at its core. Golding shows in his novel that humans are evil. Throughout history humans have showed how they are evil. When people are given power over others they will abuse this power. There is also rebellions which may lead to death, violence, and chaos.
Yes, taking these precautions was sane of him, but stalking, murdering, and hallucinating are all traits that lead towards being insane. In the end, the narrator did prove to be insane, with his reasonless murder, and absurd hallucinations. But all in all, even if the evidence does lead to the narrator being insane, as Poe once said, “The scariest monsters are the ones that lurk within our