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The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", was born in Edinburgh in 1880 and died at the age of 44 in 1894. He wrote the book in 1886, the same time he wrote another book called "Kidnapped". He was the son of a prosperous civil engineer but his growing disillusion with the Presbyterian respectability of his parents' class led to frequent clashes and he became distant from them. This led to his fascination for the cities low life and he also came across bizarre characters which proved rich material for later stories, including this story. This story also reflects the Victorian attitudes to human nature and how different people are classed and treated. I will be answering this question and also a more in depth analysis of the story. One of the main reasons Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was created is because of the strict values and beliefs the traditional Victorian gentlemen had to follow and the way they had to behave in front of society. People couldn't be seen with prostitutes, or in bars getting drunk, they couldn't cause disturbances, swear in public, fight and many other shameful things. ...read more.

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This story is also based on the allegory of good versus evil, especially within yourself, as the evil had to be restricted or else you will be shunned. There are many things that stop you from doing evil things, but back in the Victorian times, you had to stop yourself, but Jekyll found a way of doing evil things without losing his reputation, as everyone knew it was Hyde doing the acts of crime but then again the readers knew that Jekyll is Hyde, and that Hyde is the evil within Jekyll brought out. Stevenson is also trying to say that there is a little evil within everyone, they just need to bring it out but now the times have changed, and tougher laws stop us from doing the evil. As you can see the name "Hyde", is similar to "hide", and throughout the book, Hyde is in hiding, within Jekyll. The final chapter is Jekyll's statement and confession, taking the narrative half an hour before the events of chapter 8. He writes it over the last week of his life, and is discovered after he commits suicide. The final chapter is actually "Dr Lanyon's narrative", where we hear Jekyll's death, and how he came about creating his other half. ...read more.

Conclusion

You would not see today, a teenager who has fancy clothes and is wealthy, hanging around with a boy who has torn clothes and less money to buy all the fashion accessories. People, who are powerful, treat other people who are less powerful as inferior, and they push them around. Reputable men such as politicians and respected well known men, hire people to do their evil acts, instead of doing it themselves and risk losing their status. Humans will act towards other humans like this for a very long time, no matter what happens to enforce that it doesn't happen, no one wants to lose the reputation that they have built, as people of all ages have reputations of their own. Beauty V ugly also is used nowadays, as handsome men who dress properly and formally, are looked at as smart, wealthy and comes from a very good social background. And a man that doesn't treat himself as good, and doesn't dress professionally, is looked at as a tramp, and most probably wouldn't be let into any restaurants or any other social places where gentleman usually go to. So in most ways, the same social and moral beliefs are still used to this day, and Stevenson's ideas about human nature are still relevant today, it can't be stopped, as it is within us all, and unless we stop it ourselves, these beliefs will still be around. ...read more.

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