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.
C3C Daniel Payne Maj Lynn English 211 5 May 2017 Red or Blue Pill The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novel that describes the daring dilemma of a distinguished doctor and a disturbed, indescribable demon that denotes the dark desires of Dr. Jekyll. Throughout the story, decency is doubled with degradation; abandon with drawback; honesty with deceit. As such, Stevenson notions with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that dual nature not only of one man but also of society in general. that both good and evil resides within everyone and affirms that if one tries to deny their desires, rather than acknowledging them as a fragment of their entirety, said desires will likely manifest themselves in a magnified, overwhelming manner. Dr. Jekyll and
I regarded and hid them with an almost morbid sense of shame.” Using “blazoned” describes how other men would display their lesser side prominently and vividly, whereas in comparison Dr. Jekyll “hides them.” This shows us the vast difference between Dr.Jekyll 's opinion,a dn the opinions of the majority of man. “Morbid” projects Dr. Jekyll’s disturbing thoughts, degregrading himself. This gives the reader the impression that the darker side appears as a foul excess which Jeckyll wishes to completely get rid of. “Shame” furthers our understanding of this, as it tells us that he is ashamed of having a dark side. This can also mean that Jekyll has mental self-esteem issues, as he criticizes himself over something that is natural and occurs in every human being.
In this essay, the novels Othello and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will be compared and contrasted to determine the connection between the two on the basis of the essence of evil in the context of mankind. These two novels both portray evil as a subdued yet easily activated—under the right circumstances—and self-conscious nature of humans. They show this through the connection between Iago and Othello in comparison with the connection of Jekyll and Hyde, the transition of the main characters’ mentality, and the “evil” character committing suicide at the end of the novels. These three examples define each of the two novels discussed in this essay’s perspective on the concept of evil and the way it infests every human as well as its effects on human behavior and mindset. Firstly, evil is shown in the characters that the reader sees in the novels through the “friendship” (less like friendship in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) of some of the most prominent characters.
The explanation for Dr. Jekyll’s new belief system is his progress of individuation even when he has not fully accomplished the state of wholeness jet. It was Hyde’s behavior, “desire for a more primitive expression” which influenced Jekyll in that way. The other way around, Jekyll influenced Hyde’s action. In the last Chapter, the reader gets confused because of Hyde, committing suicide despite of his selfish and fearless nature. In this moment Jekyll’s urge to put an end to the experiment which became uncontrollable made Hyde kill himself.
Temptation Ramifications In Stevenson's novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jekyll gives Lanyon, his distant friend, a critical choice: he can take the potion Lanyon had helped him obtain or he can leave without any explanation. He says “will you be wise? Will you be guided?...or has the greed of curiosity too much commanded you...as you decide you shall be left …. neither richer nor wiser.” (40) Jekyll, in his creation of Hyde, gave into temptations yet he still refers to it as negative or “greedy”. Furthermore, the words “wise” is used twice in contradicting ways.
These inseparable conflicting forces constantly struggle for sovereignty in his consciousness as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are implied to be the primitive duality of good and evil. Dualism is used to convey both good and evil within individuals during the Victorian and Jacobean era. Stevenson uses the ideology of the three divisions of psychoanalytic theory which was created by Sigmund Freud (a neurologist) in the nineteen hundreds. This theory suggested that the psychological side of humans was constructed of three different forms, the id which is the instinctual side; the super-ego which is the moral/ethical and ego the realistic part. This theory can be seen in Stevenson’s novella to show duality in the form of ambition as Dr Jekyll had desire and thirst for Knowledge which led to Mr Hyde.
Words can create unbelievable images in people's mind , it does not have to be a full sentence to blow up reader’s imagination. In Chapter 2 of the Noble “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” Diction takes place as an important form of expressing the author’s feelings. Mr. Robert Louis Stevenson (The author) apply the use of Diction with negative words; words like detestable, madness, disagreeably were implemented in this Chapter. Diction is also used to involve the reader by the use of a vocabulary that contain a specific mood, in this case the mood could be taken in different ways. Anxiety, angst or horror, depending on the reader’s mind are some feelings or thinkings that are involved in the story.
Although Hamlet appears to be the epitome of an anti-existentialist from the outset of the story, Hamlet 's logic slowly begins to unravel scene by scene, like a blood-soaked bandage, with layer after layer revealing snippets of Hamlet 's emotion and feeling. When Hamlet utters the famous lines " To be, or not to be: that is the question: / Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer / The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune / Or to take arms against a sea of troubles " he is contemplating the thought of suicide and wishing that God had not made suicide a sin (III.i.58-61). Hamlet 's anxiety, uncertainty, and tensions cause him to doubt the power of reason alone to solve his problems. Hamlet begins to realize that reason is impotent to deal with the depths of human life—one of the central assertions of existentialism (Bigelow, paragraph 6). Perhaps this is why Hamlet feigns madness; he realizes that he lacks the emotions to avenge his father 's death.
Oedipus talked to Teiresias about his powers and what he knows in lines 110-125, however, Teiresias initially just wants to leave and let Oedipus deal with his own fate. As Oedipus’s patience runs out, he demands “Out with it! Have you no feeling at all!” to Teiresias, which fails to accomplish anything but anger him. Teiresias then tells Oedipus he is the actual murderer of the previous king, causing Oedipus to go into a rage where he accused Creon of being a usurper, and Teiresias of helping him in his task from lines 160-185. After his accusations, Oedipus mocked Teiresias for his blindness, and told him to leave the palace as Oedipus had grown tired of him.