Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll are the same person, but Mr. Hyde is still the antagonist to Dr. Jekyll. Stevenson uses these conflicting personas to express the duality and opposite forces within all people. This is particularly important as the Victorian Era standards of society press that one must never let the negative side of them show, trying to create the impression that the dark side of someone’s personality is almost inexistent. However, by having a man of such high social stature have such an evil persona within him calls into question the standards of the Victorian Society as a whole. If someone of such high social class isn’t able to live up to the standards of society, then how can anyone be expected to live up to these standards?
Within the psychology of humans, tendencies of violence are a part of all personalities. Though, in most cases, humans are able to conceal the many negative flaws within; however, others struggle to suppress that part of their personality. In Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde, a mysterious character by the name of Mr. Hyde is introduced. In Victorian England, Mr. Hyde is feared by all of the town’s citizens, adding to the man’s ominous character. Soon, Utterson discovers that Mr. Hyde resides within the same building of his childhood friend, Dr. Jekyll.
As Stevenson was fascinated by Darwin theory of evolution he decided to portray it in his work. Due to the fact that in Victorian times the idea of rationalism was popular and that people weren’t supposed to show their strong emotions their darker sides were repressed and The locked doors and curtained windows of Jekyll’s house form the imagery of a man locking away the truth that lurks inside; Jekyll turning into Hyde is a metaphor of what happens when the unconscious mind is revealed; the murder of Carew symbolizes the repressed mind striking out at the conscious mind. The whole narrative is about unpeeling the layers that hide the repressed desires inside Jekyll Stevenson also uses several narrative points of view to intensify the feeling of a frightening outsider. As Hyde is often narrated in a mysterious way through different characters perspectives which slowly reveals horror a feature used in gothics. Even though he is narrated through different points of view the descriptions seem to coincide which creep people out as it is unnatural for people to view someone in the same exact
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson utilizes theme to convey the dual psyches of humans through harm inflicted upon the blameless, genesis of a practice, and triumph of wickedness. At the end of the novel, Mr. Hyde takes over as the dominant personality of Dr. Jekyll for as long as he lives, because the supply of the exact type of salt used to make Jekyll’s transformation potion is completely exhausted. All humans have the capability to do great evil, but it is up to the individual to decide whether or not the good in them will preside over their
So, perhaps Jekyll’s experiment reduces his being to its most basic form, in which evil runs freely without his reputation as Jekyll being tarnished at all. Jekyll and Hyde are not the only examples of duality in this novel. The city of London is also portrayed in contrasting terms as both a foggy, dreary and ‘nightmarish’ place, and a well kept, bustling center of commerce. Indeed, just as men have both positive and negative qualities, so does society. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde contains extremely violent scenes.
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a case of duality in the human instinct, this is appeared through the way that Mr. Hyde is in truth Dr. Jekyll; the distinction is that Hyde is shaped through all the diverse attributes of Jekyll. Utterson 's disclosure of Jekyll 's shocking work happens in the last part of this exciting novel. We have just seen Hyde 's intensely horrendous viciousness and have seen the differentiating kind, delicate and decent Dr. Jekyll. In moving toward the novel 's secret, Utterson never envisions that Hyde and Jekyll are a similar man, as he thinks that its difficult to trust their to a great degree diverse
As was discussed in the previous section, the audiences and readers in the 1800’s hungers for bloodshed, crime, deceits, and mass murders, and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is no different from the stories of Charles Dickens and the featured real- life tragedies on the broadsides and pamphlets. Indeed, this trend and the unique appetite of the readers at the era had contributed to the factors that led Stevenson to publish his work. In detail, the novel is about Dr. Henry Jekyll who attempted to transform himself into another person. The resulting being was Edward Hyde. Dr. Jekyll had accomplished this through formulating his own recipe of potion that will enable him to become a
The term evil can be defined as savage behaviours followed by strong desires. In both Lord of the Flies(LOTF) by William Golding and Jekyll and Hyde(J&H) written by Robert Louis Stevenson, evil is portrayed as cruel and selfish power that can make innocent boys and a well-respected gentleman even commit violence without feeling guilt. As their pursuit for physical satisfaction overweighs moral principles, evil emerges and completely dominates some of these novel’s characters. LOTF portrays how evil transforms innocent boys into vicious savages away from civilisation, while J&H depicts how evil takes over one individual completely. This essay will explore how the authors illustrate evil by comparing and contrasting the settings, characters and how evil itself takes over the good side of human.
The narrator 's’ fluency is meticulous and often opulent. It usually implies a revelation as a defense of sanity. In the tales of the criminal insanity, first-person narrators are the protagonists, focusing on their conflicts with hysteria and law. In The Tell-tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe uses many symbols such as, the Evil Eye, the watch, the narrator himself, bedroom, and the lantern. He also tries to dehumanize the old man in the short story.
Countless works of literature have mused on the complex struggle between the human characteristics of greed, selfishness and treachery and the edifice of morality and reason on which human society is built. Often times this struggle is characterized as a battle between the forces of good and evil, good being the desire to help mankind and evil the desire to do the opposite. George MacDonald’s poem “Evil Influence” follows this trend in its title and subject matter, describing the terrible nature of evil that precedes violent deeds. While William Golding’s Lord of the Flies primarily explores the natural state of man contained by the walls of society, the presence of its titular being ~Raw Writing~ ...brings up the idea of something sinister influencing the boys’ actions on the island. Using the poem as a field guide for finding the signs of evil influence, and assuming the beast is something inside the boys that is awakened by the island (seen by how bad the kids already are and stuff- pg 28), we can break this down following the poem.