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How do you think that Stevenson wishes us to Judge Dr. Jekyll’s experiments concerning Mr. Hyde?

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How do you think that Stevenson wishes us to Judge Dr. Jekyll's Experiments concerning Mr. Hyde? Stevenson means for the reader to feel sympathy for Jekyll, he shows this in many ways through the book. The fact that Jekyll commits suicide at the end of the book shows the reader that Jekyll was not in control of his situation and tries to portray Jekyll as a victim rather than a sinner. He wants the reader to see that Jekyll is helpless and a slave to the evil power of Hyde. The fact that for a month Jekyll cut out Hyde from his life and tried to move on shows us that Jekyll can not really be an evil man. He just didn't have the "will power" to hold of Hyde for ever and in the end he figured the only way out for him was suicide. Even though Jekyll went into this experiment looking to commit "pleasures" without facing the consequences doesn't mean that he also wanted to create Hyde something of "pure evil." Stevenson uses "poor Jekyll" a lot in the book to create sympathy for Jekyll and to show the reader that he doesn't deserve what he got in the end. He lost all of his close friends, one of which was killed by the "foul soul" of Hyde's when he saw that Jekyll had created him. ...read more.

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Lanyon reacts with the utmost revolution to Jekyll when he sees the transformation; Stevenson wants the reader to react in the same manner as Lanyon. Lanyon sees the pure evil side of human nature and this makes him lose all his faith in humanity and he loses the will to live. Surly Stevenson make Lanyon react this way to make it clear to the reader that what Jekyll is doing is completely wrong. Jekyll even approached his experiment hoping to gain "pleasures" from it without paying the price for those "pleasures." I think that any man that is willing to split his own soul in two for some "bestial pleasures" deserves what he gets, even if that is death. Jekyll himself says that if he had approached the experiment in a more "upright" manner looking to become a better person maybe he would of expanded his good and giving side of his nature. Rather than create and expand the beast inside of him, and unleash his "dark side". This is why I judge Jekyll so harshly as from the start he went into this with an evil intent and this backfired on him, but even when he lost control of Hyde it was still Jekyll fault as he was the original creator. Jekyll just couldn't live with the fact that he had to control his "dark side" which is a part of human nature that makes us different from the "troglodytic" mammals which we once were. ...read more.

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But eventually Jekyll gets addicted into using Hyde for these "pleasures" he wants so much. This will make the reader feel sympathy for Jekyll as he is addicted to something greater than him and he has lost all of his self control. The idea that Hyde is "evil" and should be locked away is re-enforced by other signs in the book firstly how Hyde's aura of evil affects all decent people around him, Lanyon said Hyde Give off a "radiance of a foul soul" from even just looking at him. This is a sign from Stevenson to the readers that Hyde is evil to the core and that Jekyll has released something from the pits of hell. This would make the reader judge Jekyll for his actions not pity him. Hyde is portrayed in three different ways by Stevenson, he is shown as a Devil, an animal and there is a theme of darkness throughout the book. All the events in the book happen in "darkness" and the few that don't all happen in "thick fog" when it seems dark anyway. Stevenson does this to show the reader that dark and dangerous things are happening and what Jekyll is doing is not good for anyone. Hyde is show as the devil through out the book, Utterson remarks he had never before seen "Satan's signature upon a face." This is a good representation of Hyde as he has no conscience and he commits many evil and "downright detestable" deeds. ...read more.

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