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"Man is not truly one but truly two"! Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in 1866.

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English coursework "Man is not truly one but truly two"! Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in 1866. One of the themes in the story is about the two sides of human nature, which shows the good, and evil in man. Robert Louis Stevenson showed this very well by using one person with two completely different characters. In the essay I will be discussing the Carew murder case and analysing Stevenson's portrayal of the dual nature of man's personality. I will be showing the effects of the setting, character, and language across the novel as a whole. Stevenson was born in 1850 and grew up as a Victorian. In the Victorian times the attitudes of the people towards good and evil were very strong. The Victorians used to keep things behind closed doors, although once something was spread around the town the people used to decide on if the matter was of good or of evil. The attitudes of the Victorians were very ill mannered and self-keeping. They believed that the origin of species, which claimed that human beings had evolved from apes, was very frightening and many people also had made fun of these ideas. They thought of all scientists to be evil, wrong and people who spoke nothing but nonsense. Most of the upper and middle-class Victorians lived by a strict moral code and even though they seemed to stick to this in public, they frequently lived secret lives. ...read more.

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Stevenson's story is still relevant today, as people use the same sort of idea for superheroes and fairy stories. For example, the fairy tale of Cinderella was about a simple girl called Cinderella who was slaved about, and towards the story she becomes a princess. In Spiderman, there is a normal boy who suddenly turns into a spider-man. They all show the fact that there is a double-life in the stories. Or that something or someone changes into something else. The Carew murder case is about the death of Mr Danvers Carew. Sir Danvers Carew was seen murdered by a maid. When she first noticed Mr Hyde she spoke of him to be a very small gentleman but later in the story she refers to him as a " particularly small and particularly wicked-looking man". In the maids contrasting descriptions of Mr Hyde and Carew, we find out that Mr Carew was a very "aged and beautiful gentleman with white hair". When she looks at Mr Hyde she doesn't pay much attention, as he is not a very attractive person because of his attitude and facial expressions. During the whole novel Mr Hyde is always described as a simple, sinister and self-keeping person. You can notice these things by the way his appearance, animal imagery and his clipped speech is described. ...read more.

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Utterson's journey through Soho and the presentation of the two sides of London throughout the book relates to the theme. Going through Soho Utterson views great contrasts. This is quite similar to the different sides of London. One side is highly respected and is self keeping, and the other is very open and not very creditable. I have now came to an end of my essay. Usually an essay would end with sentences about how I have completely understood the whole theory. Although in this case it is not of this matter. I found this story highly confusing but very interesting at the same time. I enjoyed reading about double personalities but didn't enjoy the fact that I could not understand the whole story. In my opinion what Stevenson says about the dual personality still is relevant today. There are many child programmes on this which also gives young children a understanding about characteristics and personalities, and how there could be people in this world which are two faced. I hope that the points I made on language, character and setting was all very clear. I was trying to point out the fact about two sides. And the way certain things are used to create atmospheres. I now bring my essay to an end and would like to say finally that I studied through this book and was able to point out that, "Man is not truly one, but truly two"! Like anything contorols over everyt ?? ?? ?? ?? Rakhee Ratan, English, Miss Dwyer ...read more.

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