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Jekyll & Hyde Symbolism Of Mr Hyde

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Introduction

Symbolism Of Mr Hyde A strange, repugnant man who looks faintly human. Mr Hyde is violent and cruel, and everyone who sees him describes him as ugly and deformed, yet no one can say exactly why. Language itself seems to fail in trying to describe Mr Hyde's appearance, he seems to be a creature which is beyond rationality. Mr Hyde is Dr Jekyll's darker side nevertheless throughout the novel Robert Louis Stevenson uses the character of Mr Hyde as a tool to symbolise a number of messages and it is not until very late in the story that we actually find out that he is in fact Dr Jekyll. Until the end of the novel, the two persona's seem nothing alike, the well-liked, respectable doctor and the hideous, 'juggernaut' Hyde are almost opposite in type and personality. Stevenson uses this marked contrast to make his main point that every human being contains opposite forces within him or her, an alter ego that hides behind the persons more polite nature. ...read more.

Middle

Stevenson is trying to provoke readers into thinking whether such a side exists in all of us, and if so then what part of us is holding it back from being shown. In the early descriptions of Mr Hyde, he is represented as a very primitive creature which could also be symbolising the authentic nature of man before the dawn of civilization. A creature which cared not for any other humans and had no real feelings of care for anyone but itself. Perhaps Stevenson is telling us that such a creature is still found in the modern man and that only the boundaries set by civilisation and law are whats keeping it from being unleashed. Another way that the character of Mr Hyde may be interpreted as is a symbol of the contrast of the social classes in the Victorian times and how the upper classes may have perceived the lower classes as distressing to look at and inhumane. ...read more.

Conclusion

seems to hide within itself a number of possible messages that Robert Louis Stevenson was trying to convey, these messages are set out to be both thought provoking to the reader and relevant to the novel and how the reader views and understands the over-riding theme of duality throughout. In conclusion, the character of Mr Hyde seems to hide within itself a number of possible messages that Robert Louis Stevenson was trying to convey, these messages are set out to be both thought provoking to the reader and relevant to the novel and how the reader views and understands the over-riding theme of duality throughout. In conclusion, the character of Mr Hyde seems to hide within itself a number of possible messages that Robert Louis Stevenson was trying to convey, these messages are set out to be both thought provoking to the reader and relevant to the novel and how the reader views and understands the over-riding theme of duality throughout. ...read more.

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