Victor Frankenstein And Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

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Irresponsible Use of Knowledge & Consequences
Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein and Robert Stevenson 's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are two horrific tales of science gone terribly wrong, it emphasizes the saying, with great power comes great responsibility. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tells the story of Dr. Jekyll who, while searching for a way to divide his good self from his bad impulses, creates a potion using science that transforms himself into a man without a conscience. Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a bright young doctor who, devastated by the death of his mother, becomes obsessed with bringing the dead back to life. In the texts, authors Robert Stevenson and Mary Shelley use multiple literary elements to emphasize that knowledge is dangerous without comprehending the consequences of having said knowledge.
Both authors use similar character traits in both main characters to show that knowledge can be dangerous if misused. In Robert Stevenson 's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the protagonist, Dr. Jekyll, is a scientist with very high ambition. This ambition that the protagonist demonstrates throughout the text is also his downfall, as he tries to overcome limits and boarders imposed to him. Jekyll says the following after creating the potion that allows him to split his personalities, “I compounded the elements, watched them boil and smoke together in the glass, and when the ebullition had subsided, with a strong glow of courage, drank off the potion” (Stevenson

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