Mr Hyde Duality

Good Essays
Robert Louis Stevenson has been coined the title of a literary genius for his work, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Put shortly Jekyll and Hyde, is a story about a man investigating the secrets of a second man, who is in fact two different men living two different personas. Though the story is indeed short enough to read within a few passing hours, it is long enough to force the reader to question their own duality. Is man truly one? Or is each man composed of two separate halves, the good, and the evil? It is undeniable that the case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is strange indeed. However, it is also a work of art filled with impossible sciences. The plot begins with two men, one of which is Mr. Utterson, the narrator. They begin to…show more content…
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a wonderful read, however there is one major flaw that is hard to look past. Science. Science is the Achilles heel of Stevenson’s writings, as it is probably something he himself does not fully understand. Though I am mostly sure Stevenson is logical enough to understand that it is entirely impossible to split a human into two separate beings, it is my thought that even his lack of science is a bit disappointing even for the average reader. The science of Jekyll and Hyde is minimally described, if at all. All the reader is given is that Jekyll drinks a potion and undergoes a transformation into Hyde. However what is the most irritating to me, is that Jekyll himself is a scientist and came up with this potion himself. Surely enough he should be able to have some explanation of how the who metamorphic process works, but yet there is no…show more content…
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is something I can easily say is work of art within itself. Jekyll and Hyde forces the reader to contemplate not only the duality of their own nature but also contemplate on their own thoughts and actions. This is something not many pieces of literature are able to achieve. Though this book may be about the dual nature of a man who is two different men that interchange between one another, it has a multitude of messages that may be taken away from it. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a great piece of literature that will be read for many centuries to come. Regardless of how unbelievable the story is, I recommend that every young man and woman should read this book, as it teaches many to reflect back on their own moral judgements, and to contemplate the duality of their nature. Needless to say the case of Jekyll and Hyde, is one to be remembered and will go down into history books
Get Access