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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde This novel is more than just a traditional horror story as it has many hidden and complex meanings and explanations, of what seem and would have normally before this book, been simple events. Stevenson has very strong opinions and some are expressed in the book. A traditional horror story would either be a super natural In this novel Stevenson's characters, Jekyll and Hyde, are stereotypes of people who are 'good' and 'evil'. The good is the friendly doctor (the caring profession) and the evil is the hunched, ugly murderer. These two stereotypes combine to create the average man who has the capacity to be both 'good' and 'evil', and they have both 'good' and 'evil' thoughts and emotions. All people have the same emotions, some good and some bad and, like Hyde, when you follow the evil emotions like hate, jealousy and revenge, you are considered evil. Jekyll and Hyde both have these 'evil' emotions but what makes Jekyll 'good' is that he hides them, Jekyll is driven by reason whereas Hyde is driven by desire, he'll do what he wants when he wants. ...read more.


Once again the mask motif is used by the author to underline his theme of duality. The symbol of the cellar door that Hyde disappears through is important to note. Could this door be meant to represent the fictional path to evil? Throughout the novel, it is important to examine what Utterson suspects of Jekyll. While Jekyll clearly is acting strange, Mr. Utterson is blind to the fact that this is truly Dr. Jekyll�s problem and instead blames Mr. Hyde for blackmail. The question remains, blackmail for what? Originally, Utterson merely says that his "wild youth" has haunted Jekyll. However, he expands and speculates about the "beast that has no name," implying homosexuality that Mr. Hyde is blackmailing Jekyll about. Another interesting aspect to consider is Dr. Jekyll's job chemistry. The person who had owned the house previous to Jekyll had been a surgeon, this explains the laboratory beneath Jekyll�s house. While Jekyll is a chemist, we can see that there is no need for him to work he is wealthy enough he has the respect of many and therefore he is a chemist because he enjoys it and wants do it not to earn a living. ...read more.


The answer could be that Hyde is not all-pure evil, he has some conscious. In the final chapter Jekyll reveals everything. He states, "No one but me knows my true nature. All these years, the public has seen only a veneer of my real self." This is true due mostly to the fact that no one knew Mr. Hyde was a part of Dr. Jekyll. Jekyll constantly emphasizes the greatness of his background. He reminds us of his wealthy family, and great education. But he also states "that man is not truly one, but truly two." Dr. Jekyll needed something, or someone to represent the evil which has built up inside of him. He created this through experiments, which lead to a potion. This potion transformed him anytime he wanted. He was transformed into Mr. Hyde. Evil is just a small portion of men, perhaps that is why Mr. Hyde had a dwarfish appearance. The main point was that the potion took over his life, and Dr. Jekyll finally realizes he is unable to transform back into his goodness. He attempts to commit suicide, as this is his only way of destroying Mr. Hyde. ...read more.

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