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How Far Is The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde(TM) A Study Of Human Nature

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How Far Is 'The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde' A Study Of Human Nature? Robert Louis Stevenson wrote many books in his times, his most famous has to be 'The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde' and how far it is a study of human nature. The book is about a doctor, Jekyll, who creates a potion which can turn him into a monstrous version of himself told by friend Mr Utterson. The novel is set in Victorian times were they had very strict morals, for example it was considered improper to say the word 'leg' in mixed company, instead it was referred to as a 'limb'. This book is what's known as a Victorian gothic novel, it considers issues in Victorian society that were deemed inappropriate to say. For example Hyde is Jekylls' 'alter-ego', some of the Victorian rich men had one to some extent, for that in the day they were very prudish keeping up appearances, which were very important, however it couldn't have been the poor men, who were struggling to feed a family of five, buying drugs, gambling and prostitution, they just wouldn't have been able to afford it which leads me to assume it was the rich, prudish men that were gambling, buying the drugs and prostitution. ...read more.

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As it is human nature to want to have a dark side or another person on which you may do all the things your aren't allowed to do to keep your status as a respected person. In the final chapter it is described in the view of Dr Jekyll, in this chapter it explains all about himself, his life and how he discovered the potion. It talks about how he was theorising about that human beings have two sides to them, and how he wishes he could separate the two into different identities, he discuses the risks of drinking the potion. He explains what he got up to as Mr Hyde, all his miss doings and how he covered his tracks, about how he lost control over turning into Mr Hyde and Dr Jekyll, as if that Mr Hyde was the prominent identity. Also he describes how he makes the choice to not turn into Hyde for fear of not being able to turn back, however his temptations overrule him and he soon finds himself making the potion again. He then goes into him reminiscing about his youth and his professional career, which then eventually leads into his suicide. In this last chapter my sympathies did not change for Dr Jekyll, because although he could not control himself turning into Mr Hyde, the only reason he turned into Hyde was to for fill his dark desires. ...read more.

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'This was a hearty, healthy, dapper, red-faced gentleman' The language used makes quite an impression of him 'hearty, healthy, dapper' these are all describing words and are all positive, not only that but it is also a triplet, these are normally used by writes to add emphasis to a piece of writing or a description. I imagine him to be a stereo-typical Victorian man. We can also tell from the text that he is a very friendly and kind gentleman '...he sprang up from his chair and welcomed him with both hands' Not only the statement used here but also the language Stevenson uses suggests he is kind as he didn't get up from his chair he 'sprang' up as if overwhelmed to see Mr Utterson. In conclusion Stevenson addresses human nature in multiple ways in this book, whether it is about our inner needs, or our first instincts he relates to them. Stevenson also relates back to morals in Victorian morals as most Victorian men had very dark urges which could not be showed for risk of damaging there appearance, much like most Victorian gothic novels at this time did . In my opinion however insignificant it may be I believe this is a very gripping novel which had me guessing all the way through. ?? ?? ?? ?? Fredric David Savell Pre 1914 Prose 2nd December 2008 Samuel Whitbread Community College ...read more.

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