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How does Stevenson present conflict between good and evil in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

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How does Stevenson present conflict between good and evil in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Robert Louis Stevenson was born November 13,1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He had heath problems. Stevenson attended Edinburgh university as a science student, because his parents wanted him to be a Civil engineer. However, Robert had other plans. He wanted to become a writer. This made his parent upset. In the late 19th century, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the novella "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." The title of the book could mean "Je" which in French means "I" and "Kyll" which could also be written as "kill". The title meaning is "I kill and hide", this novella has a powerful title and it relates much about the novella. This is because when Jekyll turns into Hyde he has the chance to express the bad side of himself. Forexample when Hyde kills Sir Danvers Carew. In the book Sir Danvers was killed for no reason. This means that when Jekyll turns into Hyde he is expressing his bad side. The novella was set in the Victorian London. In that time people were divided into class(upper and lower class). However, they also had the hypocritical believe, this means that they strongly believe in God. For that reason when Jekyll turned into Hyde it meant that Jekyll was playing with God's creation. ...read more.

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As readers when we read this we get the impression that the city has a lot of unravelled secrets. Louis also uses windows and doors to represent a persons character, "a blind forehead of discoloured wall on the upper", the quote suggest that Hyde's house was not well looked after. It continues with "blistered and distained", this reflects on the windows, that they are not cleaned. This reflect to Hyde's character as he was not a clean person and did things that are not clean. This quote also reflect back to the Victorian, as they use to judge people by their outer appearance. This meant that if you were an ugly person you were evil. We experience this when Utterson first saw Hyde and when he said he was " so ugly that it brought out the sweat on me like running.", This quote admit to us readers that Hyde was a very ugly person. The quote also uses the word "running", this word is very strong in the quote because it is the word that exaggerates how ugly Hyde was. In addition he did not just wanted to run away from Hyde because he was ugly but because of his believe Hyde was evil too. As readers when we read this it makes us think back to the title of the novella, "Dr. ...read more.

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This is because when you what watch horror movies it has full moon's most of the times. At the end of the novella when Jekyll makes his statement, he confess about the idea of him playing the role of God, by separating the good form the evil. When Jekyll first turns into Hyde he feels happy and enjoys the feeling we now this when he says "at the first breath of this new life, to be more wicked, tenfold more wicked" , this quote shows that Jekyll enjoyed the feeling and the thinks he did when he was "on drugs" . The quote also suggest that it was Jekyll's intention to turn into Hyde. The book is still relevant today as many doctors and scientist are trying to play God. They do this with GM foods, cloning, steam cells and embryos. Personally as a reader I think that Jekyll had no right to play God especially in his time when people where very religious. If Jekyll really wanted to show people that he had two sides he should have just shown it , instead of transforming himself into a different character. This also shows that Jekyll had a strong felling about how people thought about him as a Doctor. Since no one is perfect Jekyll should have act as a normal human like anyone else and shown his bad side when he needed to. Amanda Mensah 11SE Page ...read more.

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