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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Introduction

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is about the fight between the good and evil sides of a human character, Stevenson shows this by using Mr. Hyde as an evil character and uses Dr. Jekyll as the good side. In every person there lies good and evil. During the Victorian era the society were Christian based and had strong morals people had concepts of good and evil. The definition of good is a very broad meaning, if we do good acts such as giving charity we will be known as a good person. The definition of evil is very broad as well meaning if you do bad acts such as having pride in ones self he will be known as an evil person. The church made up seven cardinal virtues and seven deadly sins; if you were practising these aspects you would be a very likeable chance that you would enter heaven or hell. The seven cardinal virtues are; Faith, hope, charity, justice, fortitude, prudence, temperance. These seven virtues were made by the Church of England. The seven deadly sins consisted of: Pride, Wrath, Envy, Lust, Gluttony, Avarice, and Sloth these 7 deadly sins were made up in the medieval times were the where parodies of stories from the bible for good and evil. Real life incidences of good and evil have occurred such as the Crusades in the medieval times being the good, when they were led by King Henry with other Christian countries to recapture Jerusalem which was also Christian holy land to them as well as the Muslims, The Muslims were given the evil side. There is also the example of the Cold War. The Cold War was the period of conflict, tension and competition between the United States and the Soviet Union and their allies from the 1940s until the early 1990s. ...read more.

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When Mr. Enfield is describing Mr. Hyde at first he says he was "a little man" but afterwards when he catches Mr. Hyde after he tramples over a little girl he says that he looked "like some damned Juggernaut". Also Mr. Enfield says "For the man trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on the ground" this shows that even with people who were smaller than him he had no tolerance for them, after that it is when he describes him as an "damned juggernaut". Enfield uses adjectives describe Hyde that are ill defined. Enfield says Hyde's appearance was "displeasing.......detestable" but he says he does not know why. Enfield says that Hyde "must be some deformed....although I couldn't specify why."Stevenson uses deformity because being deformed in the Victorian era was a bad thing everyone gave you the name of being an evil person because they came out deformed. When people first set eyes on him they have an instant dislike of the man, nobody seems to know why but through out the book the first time people see him they instantly "dislike" him and think of him as "a really damnable man". When Mr. Enfield first meets Mr. Hyde when he tramples over the little girl Mr. Enfield, the little girl's family and the doctor whom they had called for when the little girl met with the accident with Mr. Hyde they all were "sick and white with desire to kill him". Even though the men felt that "killing being out of the question" the women "were as wild as harpies", instead the family receives compensation of one hundred pounds. Hyde would have been less of a threat if they had talked to the police because he would have been locked away and none of the for-coming acts would have applied. There is a variety of description when it comes to Edward Hyde and another is when they are investigating the mystery of the Carew murder case when they are asking ...read more.

Conclusion

He thought that he was a Good Samaritan trying to do a good deed that he thought could change the behavior of man forever making the world a better place. In the end however Jekyll is overcome by the evil that is Hyde, this shows that even if a man has two personalities one cannot exist without the other. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for its time came as a shock to its Victorian audience because the man who at the end is portrayed as a villain is an ordinary, respectable man who has a very respectable job and has a high standing position in the community. I personally do not take an interest in the tale but that is only because I was not part of the intended audience however I believe my opinion of the book would have been completely different had I been growing up in the same era as Robert Louis Stevenson. I do feel sympathy for Jekyll because all he was doing was trying to make a miraculous breakthrough in the world of science that would have changed the world forever. Hyde however from what I heard is the most dislikeable man your ever likely to meet so if everyone he ever met hated him then I don't think I would be any different. I think Stevenson achieved his aim of producing a story book that goes into the study of good and evil and I think that he done it very well. I think his message is generally "stay away from things you will never understand" because when you play about with things you will never understand it can bite you back much harder. As a whole I think the story is great and would be good for someone who wants to read a horror story. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ishak Ibisevic 2521 20004 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde ...read more.

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