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Discuss Stevenson's portrayal of "good an evil" and the dual nature of men

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Discuss Stevenson's portrayal of "good an evil" and the dual nature of men Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in the late1800. This novel portrays the idea of a dual nature in man; it shows this as good and evil. Stevenson was fascinated with the duality in man and how in public there were outstanding gentlemen with high status but in reality liked to indulge in the pleasures but their status stopped them. He had two main influences for the novel one was his Nurse. As a child Stevenson was very ill and spent most of his time in bed, during this time his Nurse would tell him stories and read out the Old Testament. ...read more.


The door makes Mr Enfield remember a past event when he met Mr Hyde. He watches as Hyde tramples on a little girl; he is described as a "juggernaut". Stevenson makes a little girl the first victim of Hyde because children represent innocence, and only someone evil would do something like that. Enfield describes him as giving "a strong feeling of deformity" yet he is not easily described. In the second chapter Utterson finally encounters Hyde his "hissing intake of breath" strengthens the beast like impression you receive from him, Utterson attempts to explain why he was filled with such a loathing at the sight of him . Stevenson wants us to know that Hyde is akin to the devil and evil. ...read more.


Hyde tramples on his victim with such force that the shattering of bones could be heard. Hyde soon becomes more dangerous; he begins to change without the potion, proving that the evil side is taking over. Wine also seems to be an important aspect in the novel is in the presence of wine more positive things seem to happen. But wine can also be portrayed as a symbol of evil, like the potion that Jekyll consumes to become Hyde, too much wine can transform a gentleman and demonstrate his true colours. The imagery in the last paragraph announces the immanent closure of a circle. Our story began with Jekyll's desire to separate the moral aspects of his self so that he might have vibrant and wicked experiences without remorse. The cost of the pilgrimage was a deadly reversal of dominance. By: Sathesh Singaraj 10M8 ...read more.

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