We hear it all the time–the mad genius, the deranged artist, the crazy inventor. These sayings are stereotypes, true, but stereotypes have to come from somewhere. In the case of linking mental illness to creativity, the stereotypes come from science. In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the reader is introduced to the idea of a dual persona. One persona, Dr. Jekyll, is a well-to-do Englishman, while the other, Mr. Hyde, is a borderline sociopathic character who defies all societal norms on proper behavior and etiquette. Dr. Jekyll is a scientist, who divides his body into two, his proper self, and his inner mad scientist. Science is his art form, his way of creating and inventing new potions, so having a repressed self who can …show more content…
Cesare Lombrosso proved that there are several traits that are significantly more prominent in creative people, including “left handedness, celibacy, stammering, precocity, neurosis and psychosis.” These traits were found in many of the world's most successful creative genius, and can be linked to the very reason they were as creative and successful as they became. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, those who saw Hyde saw him as “deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn’t specify the point” (pg 53). His visual deformity can be seen as a visual representation of the social deformities that creative people often suffer, like having odd mannerisms and traits that are not always seen as normal by society's standards. By seeing Hyde’s odd behavior and his urge towards violence against innocence–an unfathomable trait for most people, excluding those with mental illness such as sociopathic traits–we are able to see Hyde not as a representation of evil, but rather a representation of a mental illness that had to be repressed due to a lack of acceptance in society, especially at the time when Jekyll and Hyde was first …show more content…
He has intense fits of anger and violence, accompanied by reclusive tendencies and the want to be hidden and unseen. To describe his fits of violence, Mr. Enfield said that Hyde “seemed to listen with an ill-contained impatience. And then all of a sudden he broke out in a great flame of anger” (pg 69). This lack of control over his rage is consistent with many different mental conditions. And though the reader is by no means in a place to diagnose and right off all of his flaws and acts of violence as mental illness, we also can’t dismiss Hyde as a purely evil man. Additionally, since it is Hyde committing the crime and not Jekyll, it leaves the reader to wonder if this is Stevenson’s way of saying that all people, or possibly just the more creative ones, have a repressed side of themselves with traits similar to that of a mental illness, even if they themselves don’t present with one. Hyde was an extreme, he was a man who “trampled calmly over the child’s body and left her screaming on the ground” (50), having no regard for human emotion. However, repressed personas are often only depicted as extremes, and it is possible to say that if we all allowed our deep, unknown inner emotions surface, we could have the potential to be just as violent and
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Robert Louis Stevenson conveys the dual nature of man's personality in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in a wide range of ways, he does this by right off the bat having stories around two distinct individuals with various identities and sentiments about the world, these two men are Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde. In the book Mr. Hyde represents evil and Dr. Jekyll represents good, yet they are actually a similar individual and come to symbolize the great and wickedness in each one of us. Jekyll’s character as we are aware of is always concerned with his reputation and making himself look good to other people . Hyde on the other hand is a dark man who manages to inspire fear, disgust, and loathing even from afar. Someone who comes to mind when thinking about these two characters is the infamous serial killer known as Charles Cullen.
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: A Psychoanalytic Exploration of the Human Psyche Through the use of a psychoanalytic lens, Robert Louis Stevenson's novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde explores the depths of the human psyche, delving into the dual nature of mankind and the psychological forces at play in the transformation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Thus, the unconscious mind and repression, the duality of human nature, the shadow and unconscious desires, and the pleasure principle and ego sheds light on the psychological forces that play into the characteristics of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Firstly, Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic lens emphasizes the importance of the unconscious mind and its influence on human behavior.
This power of being able to do whatever he wanted without facing the consequences unleashed the part of himself that only wants to cause destruction for personal gain and entertainment. When describing the feeling of transforming into Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll writes, “There was something strange in my sensations, something indescribably new, and, from its very novelty, incredibly sweet. I felt younger, lighter, happier in body; within I was conscious of a heady recklessness, a current disordered sensual images running like a mill race in my fancy, a solution of the bonds of obligation, an unknown but not an innocent freedom of the soul. I knew myself at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked, sold a slave to my original evil;
One of the reasons I personally believe Jekyll creates Hyde is to not face the consequences of murdering someone. As most know, Jekyll is a well-respected man and has a good reputation. The man he creates "Hyde" is almost the opposite. Hyde murders a man named Sir Danvers Carew in the novella. Hyde then has an awful reputation after trampling a girl, and murdering
Overall, Stevenson’s presentation of the duality of man is conveyed by the relationship between Jekyll and Hyde because towards the end of the novel. Jekyll begins to realise that the schism which once caused them to despise one another, help them understand each other situation. Jekyll even begins to ‘pity’ Hyde toward the end of novel, praising his ‘love for life’ by calling it ‘wonderful’, as his creator he consequently acknowledges the condescending attitudes towards Hyde, unfairly for his appearance, however rightfully so for his actions. Moreover, like Darwin’s theory, Hyde could never be accepted into society, often being characterised as a ‘brute’. Additionally, Jekyll’s actions would be condemned by the Victorian readers, as he was
Robert Stevenson uses his protagonist’s, Dr. Jekyll, person versus self conflict to illustrate this point. Throughout the text, the reader learns that Dr. Jekyll was born into good fortune and was well-respected in society. However, the reader learns that it was not enough for him. He craves irregularities and he seeks a way to experience both sides of his identity without harming his reputation, which leads him to immoral experiments that bring out Hyde. To be specific, Jekyll states the following, “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 55).
In the story “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by R.L.S three characters represent Freud’s psychoanalysis of the id, ego, and superego. Freud describes id as the devil sitting on your shoulder or the evil side. In addition, the superego is a human moral conscience. Finally, the ego is a good balance between good and evil. The characters in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde represent Freud’s psychoanalysis by each other's character have a different personality as Utterson happens to be good is he is the superego, Jekyll is the ego because he is most like a human and is both good and bad, and Hyde is like a devil and bad so he represents the Id.
Firstly Stevenson presents Mr Hyde as a Frightening outsider through the portrayal of an impulsive unevolved person. This creates a sense of a frightening outsider as Hyde’s attitude was unfit for his society. Hyde is often described through animalistic imagery to emphasise how he is unfit in the society and how unevolved he is and to create the image of a troglodyte a word by which he is described in in the Carew murder case.
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.
Deception in ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ ‘The strange case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ is a novella by the scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886. Stevenson, born November 13, 1850, is also the author of the well known book; ‘Treasure Island’. Robert L. Stevenson, who died December 3, 1894,, was said to be influenced by authors such as Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe. This book is part of the gothic genre, a genre of literature that combines fiction, and horror, death and at times romance. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or simply Jekyll and Hyde is about a London lawyer named Mr, Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend Dr. Jekyll and the evil Mr. Hyde.
Mr. Hyde and Dr Jekyll majorly relates on the tale adapted from Robert Stevenson’s novella about a man who develops and takes a specific type of drug, which releases his evil side and turns him from a mild-mannered science man into a murderous maniac. As the plot goes on, his appearance changes along with the behavior. This paper analyzes this characters using Jeffrey Jerome’s concept as outlined in the “monster culture”. Discussion From this novel, it is apparent that Stevenson has demonstrated, through his characters, the concept of “Monster Culture” outlined by Cohen. For instance, Dr Jekyll a principle character in this novel is a man with two distinct personalities,
Before he created Hyde, he was not able to satisfy most of his dark urges, which causes him unhappiness. There is a small imbalance of nature before, and that causes him to be curious about separating his nature to satisfy his dark apetite. Hyde helped him satisfy the bad urges without destroying his good appearance. But, Hyde’s evil power becomes extremely strong that it pulled all the joy out of being the good-natured Dr. Jekyll. When a person falls into any kind of slavery, they have no power to choose their fate.
In the gothic novel “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, Robert Louis Stevenson depicts an idea of the supernatural realm. It is a tale of a man that is well-known among the townspeople as Dr. Henry Jekyll. The doctor transforms into a being completely opposite of himself. Being a man of science, he feels a compulsion to create a potion that will release his alter ego, Mr. Hyde, while protecting his true identity. Throughout the story, many examples of symbolism are presented to the reader.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” because the story takes place in Victorian England we see that the characters have no room for expression of emotions or violence. Everything they do is secret, so the more Dr Jekyll is repressed, the more he wants to be Mr Hyde. The original characteristics of Henry Jekyll are reflected as “...life of effort, virtue, and control” (pg. 172) because, most of his life his vice activities were maintained a secret. According to Jekyll, when evil is separated into one body, one will not know right from wrong because there is no conscious in a being of complete evil which was Hyde for