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How does Stevenson present good and evil in "Jekyll and Hyde"?

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GCSE Robert Louis Stevenson

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Pre-1914 Prose Coursework

How does Stevenson present good and evil in "Jekyll and Hyde"?

The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a tale of contrast between good and evil. Robert Louis Stevensons novel demonstrates the adverse effects of scientific experiments and how the perception of doors can lead to evil. Furthermore "Jekyll and Hyde" is full of dual personality which in itself creates god and evil. Also it suggests that good cannot exist without evil.

Firstly many of the rich and respected went out at night to experience how the other half lived. Here among the dim lit alleyways of the East End and under the protection of darkness did the upper class come out to play. They were frequently involved in illicit activities such as gambling, prostitution, brawling, heavy drinking and opium taking. They wanted to break away from the restraining shackles of society and enjoy the thrill of a concealed life at night away from the tight morals that governed the upper class. It was therefore no surprise that Enfield also led a secretive concealed life at night. 'Coming home from some place at the end of the world,

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