While Hyde 's morality is apparent in his appearance, Dr. Jekyll is not as morally superior as his looks may suggest. Opposed to Mr. Hyde 's abhorrent appearance, Dr. Jekyll has a "large handsome face" and an established, well-regarded reputation (Stevenson 19). The impression of Dr. Jekyll is one of good nature and respectability, but the doctor is a morally suspect character with his main flaw being selfishness. After the murder of Carew, Dr. Jekyll 's main concern is his reputation, which shocks Utterson (19). Mr. Utterson 's surprise at this comment reflects this idea of the time: a well-groomed man must be in good moral standing; therefore, this unashamed selfishness is surprising.
“It signified, briefly enough, that the writer’s benefactor, Dr. Jekyll, whom he had long so unworthily repaid for a thousand generosities, need labour under no alarm for his safety, as he had means of escape on which he placed a sure dependence.” (Stevenson 1886, p. 34). Hyde writes this letter in order to make policemen and lawers believed that there is another person called Hyde. Moreover, it can still make himself to be an important status, can show to public that this event does not have any relationship with him. However, in his heart of hearts, sometimes, he wants to be a good person. He writes a letter to confess what evil he does when “he was Hyde.” Moreover, he does not want to talk about more about Hyde’s malignant behavior on the testament, it also explains as Jekyll he does not want to mention Hyde too much.
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 has already made what one could presume to be millions based off his lifestyle. Hyde’s reputation, however, has gone into the abyss, his profiting off the suffering of others does not sit well with any sound human within London, especially after the Carew murder, when the people were “crying it in the square” (Stevenson, 30) so loud that Jekyll sunkenly mumbled, “I heard them in my dining room.” (Stevenson, 30). Being as he is, Hyde does not mind the dislike from the people.
This novel by Robert Louis Stevenson has a setting that has a very important feature. We find the character Dr. Jekyll who is used to represent good while Mr. Hyde in the novel representing evil. Technically, they are the same person, but they symbolize the good and the evil that is characteristic to us (Sorensen). The setting of the novel is in London, but relies heavily on Roberts 's knowledge of his own hometown. The evil of Hyde grows as the darkness of the setting becomes clearer as demonstrated in Hyde 's house in Soho and the lab in the back of Dr. Jekyll 's house as well as the fog that covers the streets.This helps in creating the development of evil throughout the story.
In his novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mr. Hyde’s appearance and how others view him is taken to the extreme. He is a deformed man, yet no one can outright express how deformed he looks, only that he has a sense of deformity. In an age where people judged others based on their looks rather than their character, Mr. Hyde’s appearance is able to show that Victorians were both
Dr. Jekyll tells the power of evil Mr. Hyde through a letter he wrote to Mr. Utterson, “I began to be aware of a change in the temper of my though, a greater boldness, a contempt of danger, a solution of the bonds of obligation. I looked down; my clothes hung formlessly on my shrunken limbs; the hand that lay on my knee was corded and hairy. I was once more Edward Hyde,” (78). Dr. Jekyll was unable to control his dark self spontaneously, without the aid of his potion and while he was wide awake. Jekyll’s theory of dual nature, is humans being half criminal, and half virtuous.
As we already know, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are the same person but the relationship between them was not made clear or known to us by Stevenson. My question is why would the respectable and successful Dr Jekyll allowed Mr Hyde free access to his house not to talk of including him in his will as a beneficiary in his death or disappearance. Also, through out the entire story, Dr Jekyll is surrounded by the company of unmarried men and at one point Utterson thought Hyde was blackmailing Jekyll. Why did the author not specify their relationship?? I think Robert Stevenson could not make specific references to homosexuality because of the era in which he lived
He was careful to hide this side. As a scientist, Jekyll began to interest that all men have an inherent dual nature which a good side and an evil side. He knows that this is true of him. He dreams of separating his dual nature. He eventually discovered a chemical concoction that will cause him to feel and to see a separation of his two sides.
Jekyll, is between his normal self, where he is completely sane, with a good balance between his id, ego and super-ego, he is what could be described as the average person, there is nothing special about him, he is average. Whereas Mr. Hyde is very much the opposite, he is wild, impulsive and completely mental. His id, ego and super-ego is completely out of balance, Freud would probably say that Mr. Hyde’s id is way more domi-nant than it should be. The id is described to be “the primitive and instinctive component of personality”. A person with a much more dominant id, wouldn’t care for others, they would just focus on their own needs and goals, and not care for anything or anyone standing in their way, this is also what characterize murderers and serial
Mr. Hyde’s physical appearance however, was vastly different from Dr. Jekyll. Hyde’s physical factors were: “pale and dwarfish; he gave an impression of deformity without any namable malformation, he had a displeasing smile, he had borne himself to the lawyer with a sort of murderous mixture of timidity and boldness, and he spoke with a husky whispering somewhat broken voice” (10). Jekyll is large while Hyde is small in stature, because of Hyde’s ethics being lower than of Jekyll’s. Hyde is also smaller because he is suppressed; he is hidden and shameful to Jekyll’s moral value. Hyde is described as “deformed” and has a “broken” voice.