Dr. Jekyll is viewed as a smart man with a lot of knowledge, however, due to Jekyll not being satisfied with his life, he is determined to get more out of his live and is willing to do anything to fulfill his determination. Dr. Jekyll expresses this when he states, “[A] grinding in the bones, deadly nausea, and a horror of the spirit that cannot be exceeded at the hour of birth or death. Then these agonies began swiftly to subside… [t]here 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 of disordered sensual images running like a millrace in my fancy, a solution of the bonds of obligation, an unknown but not an innocent freedom of the soul.” (Stevenson 57). Dr. Jekyll is in a state of happiness at this point of the text.
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.
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.
Obsession, an idea or thought that constantly keeps invading one’s mind, sometimes leading them to do terribly foolish things. This is proficiently depicted in the short stories “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson. In “The Tale-Tale Heart”, the protagonist was so strongly obsessed with the old man’s vulture-like eye and hated it with such a great passion, that he decided to take the old man’s life. Similarly, in “The Possibility of Evil”, Adela Strangeworth was so excessively addicted to helping stop spread “evil” in her town that she did not realize that she was being intrusive and invading peoples personal lives. Even though in these two stories tackle different things the main character is obsessed over, the main idea of harming other peoples lives because of their strange obsession remains the same.
He is challenged by this devilish beast; “Aren’t you afraid of me"(143)? Because Simon understands that the true beast is the boys fear that turns them into savages, he simply shakes his head. As Simon returns from his hallucination he sees the man in the parachute that brought fear to the savages. Simon again tries to tell people the truth of the beastie, but falls short. Because the group of boys don’t understand fear, they sadly rip Simon up thinking he was the beast.
The latter will start to appear suddenly and started ruling Dr.Jakyll's life. The Gothic element of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is represented through the concern of doubling. This is portrayed to the reader by way of the use of the horrifying transformation of Dr Henry Jekyll into the evil side of him Edward Hyde. The transformation is generated through the worry of regression, “…But the hand which I now saw, clearly enough, in the yellow light of a mid-London morning, lying half shut on the bedclothes, was lean, corded, knuckly,
William Golding uses indirect characterization to show that human nature is corrupt because humans naturally revert to a state of violence and evil. In ‘Lord of the Flies’, he says, “Ralph...was fighting to get near [to the pig]....The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (Golding 102*). Ralph is a good, sane, respectable child in the story. However, when he is given several weeks on an island with no laws, he devolves into savagery. He maddeningly tries to torture, squeeze, and damage
Grendel, or Anxiety? In today’s society, we face many monsters that cause us to become fearful and weak when faced with a challenge. In the epic Beowulf translated by Burton Raffel, Grendel is a miserable monster who causes pain upon faultless people, and is motivated by their pain. Today’s monsters may not be actual creatures, but they do cause the same terrifying effects on people, symbolizing evil in our society. Anxiety, like Grendel causes you to feel alone, attacks innocent people, and creates jealousy of others happiness.
They feared that he was incapable of living a normal life, however they were the ones that were stopping him from reaching his full potential. “The Scarlet Ibis’ By James Hurst, the color red symbolizes that we cannot predict the future, and therefore are intimidated by it. Humans try to organize the past, Improve their daily lives, and try to minimize the chaos surrounding them. However there is one thing that they cannot control, and that is the future. What they fear the most is not the monster under their beds, it's the dark shielding that monster.
The darkness the bad is allowed to grow and lash out unattended and unblocked. Good, however, is shown to overcome evil, by the actions and events taken and that had occurred within the novel. The "evil", Mr. Hyde, being born of good, the evil deeds only present while the novel 's "good," Dr. Jekyll is not, and the novel’s end, where Dr. Jekyll deciding to not let his darker half kill any longer and makes a decisive and sacrificial decision. All of these point to this concept that good prevails and triumphs evil no matter the cost and no matter the strength or power of evil whether it be an overwhelming gap or a tiny little crack. Dr. Jekyll was a good man and a good surgeon, doctor, and scientist, but he was not without his own vices and set of foreboding dark impulses.