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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevensons in 1880s.

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevensons in 1880s. The book was set in Victorian London. The book is about a well-respected physician and chemist, who transforms into a 'beast' an ape like man. The reason for this is that Jekyll wanted the good and bad separated in him but it did not go as he wanted and at the end the evil side of him starts taking over, where he transforms into Hyde without taking any potion, therefore the book represents and tells us that 'we all have capacity of good and bad' As the novel was set at Victorian London, Stevenson based in on Edinburgh as he was brought up and studied there. There was divided city in London, one where the respectable middle class people lived and worked, new town: with perfect, clean atmosphere, and everything was seen perfect with middle class people having their own things to do and be respected of the wealthiness and heritage, and so would have a good reputation. But that could only be seen from outside, no one would know what they get up to at night or behind the closed doors. ...read more.


the unjust might go his way, delivered from aspirations and remorse of his more upright twin; and just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path, doing the good things in which he found his pleasure' so Jekyll had led to a double life where the equal enthusiasm into both light and the dark side, Jekyll comes to the realisation of the ultimate truth: 'man is not truly one but truly two' Stevensons childhood was shaped by the strict code of 'respectability' of the Victorian middle-class in Edinburgh, where it is church going, and was brought up, with no drinking, to have sex within marriage and thrift. This was all self-control. At his childhood, Stevenson suffered numerous health problems, a condition which was to plague him through out his life. His father was often on business an d is mother herself suffered from an illness of the lungs, rendering her unable to care for her son, so the role of the mother was given to a 'fundamentalist Christian' nurse, Alison Cunningham or 'Cummy', where she taught Stevensons the difference between the pursuit of 'life of good and evil', where she try to convince to him that you always need to look out for evil part, so try to ...read more.


'The important man of the book ...are all unmarried, intellectually barren, emotionally stifled, joyless', therefore Stevensons world view id therefore male, white, upper class and European, as Hyde is like a 'primitive' i.e. Africans are looked as 'savages'. So it is also racist. Overall, I think Stevenson's command of the English language is excellent. The complex sentence structure and vocabulary of classic literature can sometimes turn reading into hard work, but I found Stevenson's style reasonably easy to master. People who like their fiction to stay firmly in the real world might view Jekyll and Hyde as a load of old fluff. But if you read between the lines, what you have here is a very intelligent dissection of temptation and evil. I found Stevenson's observations on the coarser side human nature to be very true to life, and it's a rare experience to find this sort of barefaced frankness in fiction. If there's one point that grates on me, it's Stevenson's too-casual association of deformity with evil character. Those two things are completely unrelated and promote an unnecessary stigma on people who genuinely do suffer with deformity. However, the novel was fully entertaining and at the same time very insightful about human nature - a rare combination. ...read more.

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