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Discuss Stevenson's portrayal of the nature of 'good and evil ' and the dual nature of man's personality.

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Discuss Stevenson's portrayal of the nature of 'good and evil ' and the dual nature of man's personality. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a novel about a man named Henry Jekyll who has a split personality. Dr Jekyll takes a potion to turn himself into his double, Mr Hyde. Dr Jekyll is a caring person. Mr Hyde is evil. It is when Jekyll's lawyer, Mr Utterson, looks at Dr Jekyll's will that his suspicions arise. He becomes suspicious because in Dr Jekyll's will everything Dr Jekyll owns is left to Mr Hyde when Dr Jekyll disappears. Utterson wants to know what the relationship between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is, and becomes determined to see Mr Hyde. When a murder takes place, Utterson has a suspicion that it might have something to do with Mr Hyde. In this essay I am going to discuss Stevenson's portrayal of the nature of 'good' and 'evil,' and the dual nature of man's personality in the novel using Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as my main focus. ...read more.

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He must be deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn't specify the point. He's an extraordinary - looking man, and yet I really can name nothing of the way." The quote conveys that one can't understand why Hyde is described until he is seen. Dr Jekyll goes pale at the thought of Mr Hyde: "The large handsome face of Dr Jekyll grew pale to the very lips, and there came a blackness about his eyes, I do not care to hear more." This shows that Dr Jekyll doesn't like to hear about evil Mr Hyde, which suggests the two are opposites. A blackness about his eyes is mentioned, the word blackness seems to imply evil. Mr Hyde is described like an animal: "And the next moment, with ape - like fury, he was trampling his victim under foot, and hailing down a storm of blows, under which the bones were audibly shattered and the body jumped on the roadway." ...read more.

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It is all at an end." Society saw science as good and a way out of our animal roots, but in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Frankenstein, science brings about death and violence. The battle between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde can be seen as one between good and evil. Owing to the complex, dual personality of this character, who in today's standards would be similar to a schizophrenic, combined with the events of the book, the reader faces a very interesting and horrifying story. However, the character is only complex because of the consumption of a potion or drug, then the one character is transformed into two individual opposite personalities. Because of Dr Jekyll's kind and generous nature he has a good friend in a lawyer, who tries to define the understanding of why Dr Jekyll would give his entire worldly possessions to Hyde, in the event of his disappearance. Mr Utterson's assessment of Mr Hyde is of a pure, evil, cold and heartless nature. Although Jekyll and Hyde seem opposite, they are the same person. The theme of the novel, therefore, is that good and evil exist together in man. Kiran Powar ...read more.

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