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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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Introduction

How does Robert Louis Stevenson explore evil in his book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850. The Scottish novelist wrote things that reflect on his feelings. Although he was very ill due to respiratory problems, he spent most of his life travel due to the fact the climate didn't suit him. Robert was very worried about his health which kept him thinking and writings novels about his likes and dislikes. He moved out of his house and wanted to live alone. This is because Robert's family was religious and he didn't like being religious and the environment of his house. Robert started to wear informal clothes and liked going to places where the hooligans were. This provides a kind of link to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Robert came very concern about his health as he was taking powerful drugs and Robert died in 1894 from brain haemorrhage. ...read more.

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He starts liking the condition of being half asleep and half awake or in a state of semi-unconscious. Dr Jekyll gets so use to the drug that he can't even feel that he's getting addicted to it. Although Dr Jekyll was kind man he wasn't pure good where as Mr Hyde is pure evil. After taking the drug, we observe that the positive side of Dr Jekyll changed from a nice, kind, innocent, helpful gentlemen and open character into a rude, evil, unpleasant, mean, hidden character and aggressive Mr Hyde. Perhaps, Dr Jekyll enjoys begin Mr Hyde because he don't have to try hard to be polite he may also be evil and enjoy the evil nature without showing his real face. We also get to know Dr Jekyll's subdued and control side as well as the uncontrolled and liberated of Mr Hyde who shows wild emotions. Robert Louis Stevenson is indirectly saying that everyone has a dual personality and no one is near perfect. ...read more.

Conclusion

So its starts as fun but can end up as an uncontrollable habit or obsession. This novel tells us about the human side of a man and the ape like nature of a person. There is always a struggle of which side will take of the other. Everyone has a dual personality and if they choose their evil side, there are more chances of them facing trouble, pain and even death. The moral of this interesting story is that we need to be in control of our darker side of human nature, and to stop the seed of evil from growing bigger. Perhaps, the moral is that we cannot control evil once unleashed. Jekyll tries to 'use' Hyde to give in to his temptations without damaging his social position. This spirals out of control. The cost of Jekyll's curiosity turned out to be a dangerous. The novel also shows that human beings have two sides one which is public and seen by others and the other side which is secret as it is kept hidden. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hassan Abbas Candidate number: 4000 February 2008 ...read more.

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