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Discuss the Representation of evil in Stevenson's 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde!'

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Melissa Burks 10T Discuss the Representation of evil in Stevenson's 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde!' My essay is about 'the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the novel and it was set in London in the 1980's. The major theme is evil and the text alludes to the conflict between good and evil in man. The novel is about a man named Dr Jekyll who is the good man in the book but when he drinks a potion (that he invented, as he is a scientist) he turns into Mr Hyde who is a diabolical murderer. In this essay I will focus on how evil is revealed in the text. The novel was set in the Victorian age (1837-1901). ...read more.

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He is anti-social like an animal and acts on instinct like an animal. There is a lot of imaginary in the novel about animals like "moves like a monkey". Stevenson shows evil by describing Hyde's evil acts as: 1. Attack on little girl. A man called Mr. Enfield was walking down the backstreet's of London near Dr. Jekyll's house he witnessed an incident. Mr. Hyde runs down a small girl, he tramples her on the floor, people witness it and they demand compensation. Hyde goes into Jekyll's house then he comes back out with a cheque for �100 signed by Dr, Jekyll. This raises people's suspicions of Mr. Hyde. Everyone was disgusted by Mr. Hyde's appearance. The door- front and Rear entrance to Dr. ...read more.

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He suggests that all humans possess and if we nurture either side then it will take over as it did with Hyde. Therefore, 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' is a novel that shows the struggle between good and evil in man. Stevenson shows this evil in various ways. For example, through the use of evil characters such as Hyde and through the use of evil incidents such as the Carew murder and the attack on the little girl. He also uses symbols of evil, such as the door and the fog. To keep the reader in suspense, Robert Louis Stevenson uses four narrators to tell the story so that you are drawn further into the tale. I found the text to be very disturbing, the language was hard to understand and the representation of evil in the novel was very effective. ...read more.

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