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Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

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How does Stevenson explore the duality of human nature in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? I am writing this coursework to show how Stevenson explores the duality of human nature in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Victorian life had 2 side, those who were rich and wealthy and those who were poor and less affluent. This era was a very suspicious time, with dark alleys and odd people with odd houses. This leads on to the same structure as Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in these 2 quotes. (Page 4) "Tramps slouched into the recess and struck matches on the panels; children kept upon the steps; the schoolboy had tried his knife on the mouldings". (Page 4) "The street shone out in contrast to its dingy neighbourhood, like a fire in a forest; and with its freshly painted shutters, well-polished brasses, and general cleanliness and gaiety of note, instantly caught and pleased the eye of the passenger". ...read more.

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This quote shows the dark side of London in the Soho which emphasizes the deep true side of London's dark streets. This mysterious novella uses doors and windows acting as barriers to an unknown hidden side. (Page 15) "The other snarled aloud into a savage laugh; and the next moment, with extraordinary quickness, he had unlocked the door and disappeared into the house." This quote briefly indicates that Mr. Hyde is trying to hide from Mr. Utterson by unlocking the door and running away to leave Mr. Utterson a picture of disquietude for him to solve. (Page 60) "Hence it came about that I concealed my pleasures; and that when I reached years of reflection, and began to look round me and take stock of my progress and position in the world, I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of me." This quotation tells us how great pleasure he feels when Dr. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jekyll, goes to Mr. Utterson with the fear that Dr. Jekyll has been murdered and his murderer, Mr Hyde, is settling in his chambers. Poole serves Jekyll faithfully, and attempts to do a good job and be loyal to him. Yet mysterious events finally drive him into joining forces with Utterson to discover the truth. Enfield is Mr Utterson's cousin and ally to his investigation. He is the person who mentions to the lawyer the actual personality of Jekyll's heir, Mr Hyde. Enfield witnessed Hyde running over a little girl in the street recklessly, and he force Hyde into writing a cheque for the girl's family. Enfield discovers that the cheque was signed by Dr Jekyll. The cheque is found to be genuine. (Page 6-7) "The figure was stiff; but the signature was good for more than that, if it was only genuine." In my own opinions to sum it all up I think that Stevenson lasting moral message is everyone has two people and I can believe that 100% and he is also trying to say be yourself and don't create something that you're not. ...read more.

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