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Jekyll and Hyde. In this essay I will be trying to explore how Stevenson explores good and evil in the novella.

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Stevenson's strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde an immensely popular book for it's time. Stevenson explores good and evil in the way that man has a conscience of both good and evil. I think he is trying to say that man's conscience is his most important part of man; this is because it tells us what is right and wrong. It separates us from animals so in this essay I will be trying to explore how Stevenson explores good and evil in the novella. Stevenson has two main characters in this book: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde who one could argue is the evil mirror of the other. Hyde is the evil character in Stevenson's book; he represents the dark desires of Jekyll full evil side. Hyde at the start of the novella first shows evil side when he tramples over a young girl, "for the man trampled calmly over the child's body and left her screaming on the ground." This shows that Hyde is totally evil and has no guilt or regret for what he had done. Stevenson shows us this, to show the dark side of humanity and how dangerous we can be. Stevenson also adds a crucial bit to suggest evil is within everyone showing Hyde's terror and the evil he gives off while around other people. ...read more.

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that evil is powerful and is taking over good, Hyde's power combined with Jekyll's "lust for evil" is tipping the balance in Jekyll conscience revealing evil to be more powerful should you give yourself to it. The consequence of Jekyll ignoring his words is shown when Jekyll is turning in to Hyde with out the poison and Jekyll is using more doses to turn him back so this suggests that Jekyll is getting consumed by evil. By exploring good evil Stevenson uses temptation to make the reader realize what he is doing and what we are doing by giving into temptation. Jekyll is warning people about what happens when you are evil and you give in to temptation, the consequences that you will have to face by doing this like death. He is also warning us that people are not always what they live up to be for example Jekyll. Stevenson also reveals his view to the reader by pathetic fallacy of the clouds covering everyone. This means that everyone is blocked off from heaven if they don't behave so Stevenson encourages the reader to reject evil. Evil temptations will always come across in life trying to trip you up. ...read more.

Conclusion

A point about Stevenson setting here in Cavendish square and Soho are a symbol symbolizing good and evil like Jekyll's house that Cavendish square/Soho it's in between good and evil. Cavendish square is where all the respected people like doctors and high respected people live. Well Soho is a different story it is a place that is totally opposite to Cavendish square. Soho has prostitutes, fights, deaths and is the most un-respected place in London at that time. In my opinion the conclusion of this novella is that R. L. Stevenson's theme for this novella is about the human conscience. The conscience helps us to make the right decision in the hardest of situations like when in modern day times a group of friends are pushing you to do bad things, but your conscience helps you not to. Because Hyde has no conscience he can't help himself in doing things that he was created to do by Dr. Jekyll like murder, but Jekyll's ignorance of his conscience leads him to eventually death. This is because by ignoring his conscience he made all the wrong decisions and in the end the consequence was death. Therefore, this book encourages the reader to think about doing the right thing even if you are pushed in the other direction and to not give in to temptation or another form of it curiosity. By Altin Kocinaj ...read more.

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