Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are very different individuals Jekyll is handsome and “good” in the eyes of the community, whereas Hyde is ugly, “evil” and describes as “like a money” when viewed through society’s glasses. Hyde is illustrated as animalistic and deformed mainly to evoke an evil character. When the murder of Sin Danvers Crew happens, Hyde showed the symbol of evil, by beating up Mr. Crew so hard with the cane that his bones are “audibly shattered”. Dr. Jekyll tells the power of evil Mr. Hyde through a letter he wrote to Mr. Utterson, “I began to be aware of a change in the temper of my though, a greater boldness, a contempt of danger, a solution of the bonds of obligation.
Similarly, but in a contrasting locality, during this time period, it is known that the Devil’s abilities are able to convert even the purest and sinless people away from God. As written by Arthur Miller, “the Devil [works] again (...) just as he [works] within the Slav who is shocked at (...) a woman’s disrobing herself in a burlesque show. Our opposites are always robed in sexual sin, and it is from this unconscious conviction that demonology”. The Devil “gains both its attractive sensuality and its capacity to infuriate and frighten,” which displays the control he holds over the society in that he can lure in a pure soul, but frighten one as well
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are very different individuals Jekyll is handsome and good in the eyes of the community, whereas Hyde is ugly, evil and described as “like a money” when viewed through society’s glasses. Hyde is illustrated as animalistic and deformed mainly to evoke an evil character. When the murder of Sin Danvers Crew happens, Hyde showed the symbol of evil, by beating up Mr. Crew so hard with the cane that his bones are “audibly shattered”. Dr. Jekyll tells the power of evil Mr. Hyde through a letter he wrote to Mr. Utterson, “I began to be aware of a change in the temper of my thought, a greater boldness, a
The final thing seen here is the fact that Dante’s description of Satan is a bit disappointing compared to the other descriptions he has written about the inferno. Dante’s portrayal of Satan is paradoxically empty and monstrous; it captures Satan in his true form and speaks of who he truly is. One of Dante’s portrayals of Satan is his monstrousness throughout the Inferno with him blowing over the cocytus. Dante’ first impression of Satan is “I saw his head towering above me! for it had three faces” (266).
Literary influence from Dante enhances the documentarian focus of exposing the horrors of prison. Dostoevsky links spiritual and bodily disfigurement in a commentary on the physical effects of confinement. Moral confinement and disintegration of an inner spirituality results in monstrous, inhuman characters, as well; A—v, a Russian nobleman, is a character described as “a piece of flesh furnished with teeth and a stomach, greedy for the most offensive and ferocious animal enjoyments” (210). “He was a monster—a moral Quasimodo” (210) remarks Dostoevsky, a “disgusting creature” (210). Animalistic physique is tied to his anti-spiritual moral depravity; although “good-looking” (210), Dostoevsky describes him in bestial terms.
The fictional horror novel of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is driven by the accentuation of humanity’s flaws. Even at the very mention of her work an archetypal monster fills one’s imagination, coupled with visions of a crazed scientist to boot. Opening her novel with Robert Walton, the conduit of the story, he also serves as a character to parallel the protagonist’s in many ways. As the ‘protagonist’ of the story, Victor Frankenstein, takes on the mantle of the deluded scientist, his nameless creation becomes the embodiment of a truly abandoned child – one left to fend for itself against the harsh reality posed by society. On the other hand, Walton also serves as a foil to Victor – he is not compulsive enough to risk what would be almost
[...] I shall collect my funeral pile and consume to ashes this miserable frame” (197). This can also be seen as a references to biblical stories of the Devil. Not only does the monster know he has evil, but he relates himself to the Devil because of the evil he has done. He decides that the only way to rectify what he has wronged would be to go out in a fiery
In Hamlet “it is only the meek, the dispirited, the altogether spiritless who forgo ecstasy and madness”, as they are tied closely together, “ecstasy often [standing] for … madness … and madness ecstasy” (Eissler 452). Ecstasy is observed to take the place of madness when Hamlet’s accusations of the King are criticized as being “the very coinage of [his] brain: this bodiless creation ecstasy is very cunning in”, Hamlet’s ecstasy, his aggrandized rage contributing to his fanaticism, and his fanaticism to his rage (III.iv.138-140). Hamlet’s irrationality also acts as “a means of relieving his surcharged feelings”, a way to express his emotions without facing social ridicule, hidden behind the guise of lunacy (“Hamlet”). Ophelia
A condemnation of unfettered industrialism and the abandonment of human morality, Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein illustrates the Victor is the real monster. Constructing a marginalised and cruel childhood for the invention, Shelley builds her predominant argument crystallising the monstrous qualities of humanity. The subsequent condemnation of the unaccountable nature of Victor builds on her authorial intent that victor’s actions and intentions are in inhumane. Additionally, Shelley is realistic in acknowledging that absolute good and evil do not exist, and in pointing to moments where her cast deviate from their previous moral values, Shelley suggests that the creature and Victor both exhibit monstrous and empathetic qualities. Ultimately Shelley
Significance of Reputation in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde illustrates the significance of concealing your secrets and desires in order to maintain a flawless reputation. He creates distinctive characters with various reputations and contrasts their abilities in retaining one. Stevenson emphasizes this through Hyde’s actions, when portraying Utterson’s flawless reputation, the contrasting vulnerability to desires between Utterson and Jekyll and the creation of Hyde. As a man of pure evilness, Hyde creates disruption through his actions. His first appearance in the novella associates him with a crime of abuse.