Jekyll And Hyde Character Analysis

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In the story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, an interesting duality is presented. Throughout the story, Jekyll and Hyde’s personalities clash, fighting for control, in turn exposing their true natures. Jekyll, a kind, well respected man is viewed by the town as being in an unfortunate arrangement with the nefarious Mr. Hyde. In actuality, Mr. Hyde may be the one getting the short end of the stick, as without being tied down to Jekyll, Hyde could be many times more powerful and wealthy than he already is. He may lack a key aspect to life that is the respect and kinsmenship that Jekyll receives, but because of his nature and that of 1880’s England, he hardly cares; old England was treacherous and strict, friends turn to enemies and respect turns to resentment at a whisper of a rumor and flash of a bill, fueling Hyde’s resent for the society. Through the problems Jekyll and Hyde face within each other, Stevenson sparks a debate over whether it truly is better to be a “good person” and suppress your true thoughts and desires, or if it may be more efficient to let evil take hold and in turn lose hold of your senses of your moral compass, doing only what you desire, when you desire to do so. By his sheer drive, Hyde quickly becomes a very wealthy, well known, and infamous man in London. He pursues money and power ruthlessly, lacking empathy or courtesy, using any means to get what he desires. The effectiveness of Hyde cannot be denied, as he
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