Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Character Development

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Robert Lewis Stevenson uses character development and setting in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to represent the duality from the Victorian society.

Character development in Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of the main themes that makes the book. Robert Louis Stevenson puts in spatial metaphors to show the theme of duality "provinces of good and ill which divide and compound man's dual nature", Jekyll communicates the vision that the duo might be "housed in separate identities" (78, 79). I like this quote because it shows how different they are but how they relate to each other. Dr. Jekyll was really fascinated with the supposition that a person has a "good" side and a "bad" side, and he decided to look
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One paradox is the double-consciousness with Jekyll and Hyde. Just as the contrasting appearances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde play upon the ideas becoming visible from Charles Darwin's work, so their differing personalities explore modern debates about moral conduct and the attainable plurality of human consciousness. By precisely splitting the consciousness of Dr Jekyll into two, the good side that makes a effort, and mostly succeeds, in cracking down on desires that run contradictory to the dictates of the population; and the without morals side that runs lawless in an all out go to satisfy animal impulse. Stevenson takes a look in a addition to trends the fight played out in every one of us. As Dr. Jekyll likes to perceive 'I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both' (ch. 10). Through Hyde, the well bred Dr. Jekyll is let loose from the self discipline saddled with someone by society 'my devil had been long caged, he came out roaring' (ch. 10). In his guilty plea at the conclusion of the book, Jekyll perceives that, when all is said and done, he will have to choose between being Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde. To become the last mentioned would mean giving up on noble expectations and being 'forever despised and friendless'. (ch. 10) To become Jekyll, in spite of that, means giving up the physical and down at the heel appetites he can give way to as Hyde. In ill will of the out of the ordinary turn of events of his own case it is, as the gloominess Jekyll consents to, a breach of the peace and war of words 'as old and commonplace as man' (ch.
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