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"Man is not truly one but two" (Henry Jekyll's Full Statement of the Case) - With a close focus on the final section of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde examine how R.L. Stevenson explores the question of the duality in human nature in the novel.

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Katie Wood Year 11 "Man is not truly one but two" (Henry Jekyll's Full Statement of the Case. With a close focus on the final section of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde examine how R.L. Stevenson explores the question of the duality in human nature in the novel. The key term in the title is the duality of human nature, this phrase is relating to the double sidedness of mans' nature such as the potential for good and evil. The character Henry Jekyll is personification of good versus evil because when he is Henry Jekyll he shows the good respected doctor in society but when he changes into Hyde - his alternative self - he becomes evil and sadistic. This means that it is good Jekyll versus evil Hyde. We see R.L. Stevenson refer to "dual nature" many times throughout Henry Jekyll's Full Statement of the Case e.g. "Though so profound a double-dealer, I was in no sense a hypocrite; both sides of me were dead...". ...read more.

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it seemed natural and human... it seemed more express and single, than the imperfect and divided countenance I had been hitherto accustomed to call mine... Edward Hyde... was pure evil". Jekyll then goes on to clearly explain the experience of his transformation into Edward Hyde. Jekyll describes to the reader the process of his transformation very clearly, and very in detail, he uses horrific imagery such as "a grinding in the bones, a deadly nausea" to describe the early painful stages of his transformation into Hyde. This imagery could link with Hyde's characteristics of an evil sadist. Jekyll then goes onto describe the secondary feelings of happiness, he explains how the appearance of Edward Hyde is everything he wished he looked like when he was Henry Jekyll, he uses light happy words to describe these e.g. "I felt younger, lighter and happier in body". When Hyde looks into the mirror he comments on the differences between himself and Jekyll. ...read more.

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his hands are described as being "corded and hairy". Due to this, Hyde could be seen as the original, true nature of man, which has been repressed, but not destroyed. The reader also sees how Hyde's actions show an amoral lack of constraint e.g. the trampling of the child, killing of Carew. Hyde's actions suggest links with the primates' actions; this would not be how we expect a human to act however these are characteristics of an early ancestor such as an ape. Stevenson's idea of self-divide prefigures Sigmund Freud's notion of the human personality. Freud's theory was that the human mind had both a conscious and unconscious side to it. The mental devices of repression and resistance controlled both these. Repression is an unconscious method that made the memory of painful or threatening events unreachable by the conscious mind. Resistance is the unconscious defence against the awareness of repressed memories to avoid the resulting anguish. Jekyll can be linked to Freud's theory, because he repressed his evil self (Hyde), until he found out how he could unleash it, and after he did unleash Hyde, he regretted his actions. ...read more.

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