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How does Stevenson present the theme of evil in the novel the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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Prose study Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. 'How does Stevenson present the theme of evil in the novel the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson, It was written in 1886. Stevenson was influenced by the likes of Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein. At the time of him writing the novel he lived in Victorian England, in the Victorian society it was common for it to be divided in to a 'class' system which was more difficult than it is these days. Around this time it was where more discoveries of science were being made such as evolution and it was beginning to confuse people about their belief in god. ...read more.

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Dr Jekyll realises that his discovery of the potion is causing peoples injuries and deaths and he tries to stop using the potion but unfortunately it's too late and it's taken over him so the experiment unfortunately leads to his own death because Jekyll chooses to end his life so that Hyde cannot exist, a way of ending 'evil' he says "...this is my hour of death...I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end...". The setting is in London where it's foggy ' a fog rolled over the city' this is symbolic of Dr Jekyll not seeing what's happening with him turning in to Hyde clearly. Dr Jekyll and Hyde's house was also symbolic. ...read more.

Conclusion

'ape like fury' along with metaphors and similes. Victorian languae and excellent sentence structure is all through the novel. The scientific language "in proportion as crystals melted..." and " throw off small fumes of vapour..." are just two examples, these are symbolic because it was at the same time that scientific breakthroughs took part in Victorian London. Dr Jekyll's character contrasts with Mr Utterson, even though Jekyll is seen as a good side , it could be argued that he is evil for taking the potion. M r Utterson and Dr Lanyon are both good men and Dr Jekyll who tries to be good gets addicted to the potion. Throughout the novel several themes are explored they are; Temptation, Good vs. Evil, Self knowledge and the consequences of our actions, we know the consequences of things we do yet we still do them. ...read more.

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