The notoriety of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has made the narrative about the duality of man humanity known even to those who have never open the book nor seen the famous film adaptation. However, though it may not be immediately apparent, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is, at its core, a story of addiction. Britain’s Pharmacy Act of 1868 had sought to identify and eliminate the use of narcotics, and though the effects were largely beneficial at first, by the 1880’s, when Stevenson’s novella was first published, deaths related to opium were on the rise. It is no coincidence that the title character is a chemist, like those affected by the Pharmacy Act, nor is it a coincidence that he is the victim of an addiction. Stevenson employs the narrative to explore the physical, psychological, and social effects of addiction, as well as the social response. The story, then, serves as an attempt to humanize and understand addiction. Though the word ‘addiction’ itself does not appear in Stevenson’s novel, his description of Jekyll and his dealings with Hyde, …show more content…
He does a commendable job of avoiding prejudicial tropes of the era and does not demonize the drugs themselves, noting that the drug “was neither diabolical nor divine” (63). By outlining the physical, psychological, and social effects of addiction, Stevenson presents a realistic portrayal of this problem without demonizing the person suffering from addiction, and in couching as a metaphor he successfully avoids exploiting addicts as well. The narrative, especially at the time of its publication, was suspenseful, terrifying, and enthralling, and though these elements may not have aged well as the work seems rather tame by today’s standards, the story of addiction has only increased in
This question is addressed in the third section of the article. For that reason, the author writes with a rhetoric of pathos to encourage the reader to persevere and also purchase Naloxone, a drug which can alter the effects of opioids in case of emergency. Since addiction is an emotional subject, this section of the article contains much pathos rhetoric
Some people claim that under the influence of these substances they became more sociable, brave and creative. Initially, they all think that they are in control of their drug and alcohol consumption until they are not anymore. The similarity between Jekyll’s case and those with substance addiction is in desire of both parties to feel liberated from irksome everyday problems or to get rid of inferiority feeling; in other words, initially, they all are simply trying to become the best version of themselves. However, the reality is the life does not work in this way. The life is full of tests and complications.
In the novel, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson explores the complexity of human nature. He uses characters and events in the novel to present his stance on the major theme: “man is not truly one, but truly two” (125). Branching from this major theme are many more specific views on the idea that human nature is divided into good and evil. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are two very different people who occupy the same body. Human beings struggle with good and evil and Stevenson goes to the extreme to to show this relationship.
Within every person exists temptation, whether it be dormant or active, which varies in form from one individual to the next. Usually always negative, temptations arise from the lesser qualities of man and expose an individual to develop even more nefarious ambitions. In severe cases, the temptation transforms into a desire, in which the individual experiences a lack of control accompanied with self-infliction and remorse. The story of one man’s dark desires is examined in Robert Louis Stevenson’s book, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Appropriately termed, Stevenson peruses the eerie case of a respected doctor who becomes associated with Mr. Hyde, who is essentially Dr. Jekyll’s counterpart.
Using well-placed symbolism, Stevenson draws a connection between his characters and the reader. One of the foremost exsamples of symbolism in this work is the potion. The potion is symbolic in that it is the element that changes the personality of Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde, as exemplified by the following quote, “I was stepping leisurely across the court after breakfast, drinking the chill of the air with pleasure, when I was seized again with those indescribable sensations that heralded the change; and I had but the time to gain the shelter of my cabinet, before I was once again raging and freezing with the passions of Hyde. It took on this occasion a double dose to recall me to myself; and alas! Six hours after, as I sat looking sadly in
Drug addiction is a constant war. It is a battle being fought between oneself, possibly family, friends but always, the drug. Yet for anyone that is struggling, there is hope. Despite our differences, there will always be a path to recovery. In “Water by the Spoonful”, Quiara Alegría Hudes incorporates several strategies and tactics through various character’s agencies and symbolism to ultimately create a piece that centers recuperation.
Drug abuse and addiction create powerlessness and isolation. People often turn to drugs to help them forget. It is an increasing problem in today's society. In the novel In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate, the author makes a point that a “hurt is the center of all addictive behaviors.” Many dismiss their bad habits comfortably, giving them the idea that everything is okay.
"The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" is a gothic novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson. The whole manuscript concentrates on the concept of human duality and tries to explain that there are both elements of good and evil in every person through the main character personality changes. The choice of using a non-linear plot was done to convey an increasing sense of curiosity and anxiety simultaneously and frequently not to spoil the mystery of the plot. The first chapter narrates "The Story of the Door" , which was told by Mr Enfield to Mr Utterson, and is the first time that the author doesn 't respect the chronological order. This passage portrays the meeting between Mr Enfield and Mr Hyde in a busy quarter of London, where in a small street the gentleman saw Mr Hyde running into a little girl and hurting her carelessly.
Ellen Hopkins’ Crank is an epic poem geared toward warning young people of the various consequences of using dangerous drugs. However important its message, it provides a single story, a stereotypical tale influenced by pop culture about addiction and the people it affects. In the poem, the heroine, Kristina Snow, gets addicted to methamphetamines, otherwise known as “crank”. Her life takes a downward turn that includes pregnancy and dropping out of school. The poem depicts just one experience with drug abuse and links it to what is perceived to be the most likely thing to happen if you get addicted to drugs, providing a false single story for the young people it targets.
In 2010, Laurence and Rankin published articles that contain similarities. Laurence (2010) covered Jekyll’s desire to do drugs and homosexuality. Jekyll lost control over his evil side because he could not resist the need for higher dosages of drugs. Rankin (2010) went into the details of the time period and what factors contributed to Robert Stevenson’s interest of the dual nature of humans. Padnick (2012) inspect a side that many overlooks, Hyde is Jekyll.
Even the slightest bit of addiction carries the ability to change a person’s priorities. It influences one to neglect responsibilities and even his or her own health. In Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market,” Lizzie revealed that “She (Jeanie) pined and pined away; sought them by night and day … dwindled and grew grey then fell with the first snow,” it depicts that Jeanie disregarded her health in pursuit of her cravings. Jeanie’s death was a direct result of her decision to make her drug come first before her health.
The addiction to drugs can do so much to a human being. Many think a lot of drugs can’t affect you or your body but truly it can. If you look closely you can find the affects. Dr. Jekyll is addicted to drugs, you can clearly tell by his actions, the outcomes of events and the end. Dr. Jekyll clearly shows he is addicted to drugs.
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson is a book that intrigues one’s mind, because it makes us question ourselves about the balance between the two opposing forces. The story starts out with Mr. Utterson, a lawyer and a great friend of Dr. Jekyll, hearing about Hyde for the first time, who is very shady and somewhat misconfigured. Mr. Utterson hears about Hyde’s bad reputation, and his usage of Dr. Jekyll’s laboratory; therefore, Mr. Utterson suspects some kind of relationship between Hyde and Dr. Jekyll. Mr. Utterson’s friend Lanyon, who is a doctor, dies after Dr. Jekyll goes into seclusion; Mr. Utterson goes to Dr. Jekyll’s house to seek the truth behind Lanyon’s death, but he instead sees Hyde dead. Mr. Utterson
In the article “Dr. Jekyll and the Emergence of Mr. Hyde” the author, Masao Miyoshi discusses how this story is portrayed by readers as a crude science fiction or a moral allegory. Miyoshi then begins to explain the structure that Stevenson used when writing. He does this by going through each main character that is presented throughout Stevenson’s stories and describes how they felt thought out the story during specific scenes. This article evaluates these characters by comparing them to each other. An example, of how Miyoshi does this is by taking a main scene from the original story and compares how different characters reacts towards the certain event.
Madness, science, Mystery, if you have read these types of things before it was more than likely in the book the Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. But this story however is not that book, it is called Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Holmes. In this novel the narrator is John H Watson, Mr.Holmes’s right hand man. The story speaks of figuring out who Mr.Hyde is. The question was made when a lawyer was speaking on behalf of none other than Dr.Jekyll.