In those who are themselves human, compassionate and thoughtful, Hyde raises some red flags. Even Jekyll fairly quickly recognizes the nature of Hyde: “Instantly the spirit of hell awoke in me [Jekyll] and raged… My devil [Hyde]… came out roaring” (Stevenson 84). However unlike Utterson and Enfield, Jekyll is taken by the “lust for evil.” Even a man as good as Jekyll can be swayed by the dark side. Judy Cornes suggests that when Hyde “brutally clubs” Carew “to death,” he is shown to be “pushing Jekyll down that slide into hell.” Jekyll cannot help being brought down with his counterpart. He and Hyde are one, two sides of the same coin.
If the person is good with evil desires, their alter ego will destroy everything good in the soul. Dr. Jekyll is one lonely soul that tests the limit of the dual personality by transforming into his alter ego. In “The Strange Cases of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, Robert Stevenson conveys the theme of the dual personality of man by applying the doppelganger style to reflect negatively on society. Dr.Jekyll’s dual nature is revealed through the motivation of committing evil crimes without fear of having consequences for his actions.Held by high expectations in society, Dr. Jekyll hides his darkest desires within himself until he exploits his evil temptation through an alter ego. Before he transforms into Mr. Hyde, Dr.Jekyll
His inability to come up with the right potion to reverse his situation is what leads to his suicide. Despite the efforts to live a kind of a double life the evil sides seem to have taken control of his good side and this proves to be great damage as the officers will have to hold him responsible for the murder cases that have been reported on those London streets. All these events in the novel have been successfully achieved through the evil setting that had the concealing features that would make the characters such as Jekyll go unnoticed. It becomes challenging for Dr. Jekyll to try to live up to the two different types of characters as there is always one side that will always try to be better than the other. In this case, the evil side of the character Dr. Jekyll prevails making him commit
Jekyll writes in his confession “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 49). Jekyll’s alter-ego Hyde liberates him from the necessity to follow the social conventionality and rules; however, the sensation of deliverance becomes extremely addictive. Contrariwise to Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde is a hideous character without any fears, conscience or remorse that capable to commit a murder. As Enfield describes Hyde to Utterson: “He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something down-right detestable.
A researcher in criminal psychology named Robert D. Hare once said that the motives of psychopaths “are to manipulate and take, ruthlessly and without remorse.” Edgar Allen Poe and Roald Dahl’s short stories create characters that display the traits of psychopathy and sociopathy that Robert D. Hare describes. Often, people think of psychopaths and sociopaths as being the same.The common belief is that both psychopaths and sociopaths are both crazy and don’t know right from wrong. However, they are two completely different types of people, both know what they are doing is wrong, and these short stories illustrate these traits. It’s easy for readers to pass off the characters in these short stories as simply being crazy when in reality their mindset is a lot more complicated. The character traits of sociopathy that can be found in Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Black Cat”, and Roald Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter” and the trait of psychopathy that can be found in Edgar Allen Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart” are all accurate descriptions of the traits of the mentally ill in the real world.
The respectable Dr. Jekyll, in his attempt to prove the worth of his scientific ambitions and studies, creates a monster much like Frankenstein’s monster but at the same time completely different from it. In both the cases, it is a scientific experiment gone wrong but in Stevenson’s text, the horror lies in the transformation of the protagonist. Set in fog-bound London, this Gothic masterpiece explores the baser instincts in a human being that necessarily hastens the doom of the same.
Simon ends up having an imaginary dialogue with the pig head. In the dialogue it tells Simon that it symbolizes the evil that lies within every human being. It also says that it, metaphorically speaking, will have fun with Simon, meaning that the evil in the hunters will end up killing Simon. This pig head is called lord of the flies, because of its allurement of flies. Just like the flies are allured towards the pig head, the boys are allured towards the evil.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" brings the double personality theme, but, the story itself is about the mystery behind Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde's connection. The whole story goes around Mr. Utterson - a decent lawyer - trying to find out what is wrong with his dear friend, Henry Jekyll, and what is his relationship with the devilish man, also known as Mr. Hyde. On the end of the story, the reader finds out that Mr. Hyde is Jekyll's evil side: the doctor was fascinated by the duality of human nature and decided to do some experiments to separate his two sides, the good one and the evil one. Henry Jekyll wanted to do things that he couldn't because of his reputation and social morals, therefore, the best and only way of doing what he really wanted to was to have another side that no one knew. On the other hand, he didn't know how evil his other side could be: Mr. Hyde was purely evil and Dr. Jekyll wasn't purely
One can see parallels between American Psycho and Tom Wolfe’s novel The Bonfire of the Vanities, in which a wealthy bonds trader named Sherman McCoy sees himself as the “master of the universe” and thus above the law when he is put on trial for an accidental murder he committed. Bateman differs from McCoy in that Bateman’s self-image is entirely dependent upon how others perceive him, and he craves validation in order to justify to himself that he is better and more intelligent than those around him. He looks down upon everyone as worthless compared to him and portrays the façade of the perfect man while simultaneously seeking positive feedback from others in order to prop up his ego and keep away the fear that his “mask” could crumble at any moment. This fragile image of the self, according to the author, is a common issue among most people within the upper echelons of the capitalist system, and Bateman’s psychosis is thus intensified by psychological stressors that already exist in modern
Golding illustrates the chaos on the island through the actions of the boys and their digression from civilization. Is man evil by nature, or is man evil because of the way they were raised? Though many disagree, man is born with evil in the eyes of society. This is why there is evil in the world and why there is war among