Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Case Study

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Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Anybody who thinks that he or she knows another person, even the closest one, inside out is mistaken. As proverb saying: “Every bean has its black”; in other words, everyone has secrets but some secrets are darker than others. Dr. Jekyll loved being a good and decent man and was ashamed of “the evil side of his nature” (Stevenson 52), so he decided to purify himself from evil-self. Unfortunately, Dr. Jekyll failed to do so; the darkness of his evil nature completely overpowered the light of his kind heart. Therein, a question emerges: Why the dark devoured the light in Dr. Jekyll’s personality and not vice versa? Is it because his soul contained too much darkness or is it something else? In my opinion,…show more content…
Jekyll writes in his confession “Many a man would have even blazoned such irregularities as I was guilty of; but from the high views that I had set before me, I regarded and hid them with an almost morbid sense of shame” (Stevenson 49). Jekyll’s alter-ego Hyde liberates him from the necessity to follow the social conventionality and rules; however, the sensation of deliverance becomes extremely addictive. Contrariwise to Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde is a hideous character without any fears, conscience or remorse that capable to commit a murder. As Enfield describes Hyde to Utterson: “He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something down-right detestable. I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I scarce know why.” (Stevenson 5). It is no accident that Enfield depicted Hyde as a being of displeasing and repulsive appearance. Hyde is a manifestation of everything vicious and evil in human nature, so such well-mannered and benign person as Enfield could not like it. It is an important moment that describes how people see the evil in its pure form. However, the problem is that evil is more often hidden and cannot be easily recognized; it takes different…show more content…
Jekyll, the reader knows an exact moment, when everything went irretrievably wrong. It was a moment when Jekyll took a potion for the first time to become Hyde. It was emancipation in the fullest sense of this word. Edward Hyde is much younger than Jekyll, who is in his 50s and full of regrets about missed opportunities and unfruitful, boring life. Jekyll initially loved being Hyde because he regained the foolhardiness of the youth with concurrent to it senses of endless possibilities and some kind of invincibility. Jekyll could do whatever he wanted and did not feel any guilt. Moreover, he naively considered that he was the one in control. However, very soon he began to understand that he was not always in control and later that he was completely out of control. In this regard the other comparison comes into mind, which is drug and alcohol addiction. It is well-known that drugs and alcohol have some positive influence on the personality. 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

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