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Explore Stevenson's portrayal of dual nature of human Personality.

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Explore Stevenson's portrayal of dual nature of human Personality. 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' is a classic horror story and quite captivating to audiences of all ages on the drama aspects alone. Stevenson first wrote the story (after recalling a dream he had), probably without the intention of writing such a gripping drama. Yet he decided to revamp the mystery to comment on the dual nature of mankind and man's society. 'The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' is a book based on Robert Louis Stevenson's own experiences, especially with middle-age men in Edinburgh (this, therefore is why there is a lack of female characters in the book.) He focused on the environmental surroundings he knew well: the middle-class world of influential men, and the social status of ones friend. This book however, is much more of an "intellectual" horror story, having not to do with much horrific detail (of which there are few) but instead the nature of man. Through viewing literature, it is obvious that a duality exists in the main characters. Robert Louis Stevenson shows the relationship between the good and evil prototypes in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Throughout this novel, the reader becomes familiar with the personality persona of Dr. ...read more.

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Despite these horrific descriptions, Hyde is generally civilized in his connections with others, most notably Utterson and Lanyon. Dr. Jekyll describes Hyde as "pure evil," and he menaces society at night, trampling a girl in the street and murdering Sir Danvers Carew. Stevenson uses this clear contrast between Jekyll and Hyde to make his point: every human being contains opposed forces within ourselves, which hides behind a civil disguise. Stevenson takes great pains to show that the evil Mr. Hyde is very deadly; there is nothing droll about the trampling of a young girl. I believe that Hyde is an amoral character, this is due to me believing that because Hyde was created by Jekyll, it doesn't necessarily mean he has pieces of Jekyll in him, so I therefore take him as an amoral character because he doesn't know that killing people is wrong. So Is Hyde an immoral character or is he in fact uneducated and amoral? Although Utterson witnesses a series of shocking events, Utterson himself is a largely unexciting character and is plainly not a man of strong crazes or feeling. Stevenson aimed for him to come across in this way: from the first page of the novel, Utterson has a face that is "never lighted by a smile," that he speaks very little, and that he seems "lean, long, dusty, and dreary." ...read more.

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He created this through experiments, which lead to a potion. This potion transformed him anytime he wanted. He was transformed into Mr. Hyde. I believe evil is just a small portion of men, that is why Mr. Hyde had a dwarfish appearance. The main point being was that the potion took over his life, and Dr. Jekyll finally realizes he is unable. Right and Wrong. Joy and Despair. Good and Evil. These are the themes Robert Louis Stevenson addresses in his work. Stevenson has used Jekyll and Hyde to show that everyone has good and evil in them. He portrays this thoroughly by using the settings to portray good and evil. He wrote the book at the time when many murders were happening in the east end of London. He is making a very important point, which is every bit relevant today as it was only set in the nineteenth century. This is that suppression of the less socially acceptable facets of the human can lead to sudden violent outpourings, such as seen in Hyde's murder of Sir Danvers Carew. He was one of the first writers to stress this point and use dual nature in his work. Jekyll is portrayed as hypocrite, although he admits that he enjoys the wicked part of his nature, he cannot accept it is a natural part of him and therefore seeks to separate it from himself in the scientific experiments he executes. ...read more.

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